The connection between positive psychology (for personal happiness) and the happiness movement (for an economy and society based on well-being, sustainability and happiness for all beings) seems simple and obvious. In reality it isn’t.
It is unknown if it will take five, ten, or more years to bring Bhutan out of poverty and increase the country’s Gross National Happiness. Policy makers cannot look to another nation for examples of what to do or what not to do for the Gross National Happiness of its nation. There are no known solutions. This is one of the features of an irresolvable dilemma. Yet the future of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness depends on whether policy makers in Bhutan can live with the irresolvable dilemma of Gross National Happiness.
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To feel truly happy, loving, joyous, confident, peaceful, grateful, loving,and all the other positive feelings, you have to allow yourself to feel the negative feelings (within a healthy range). I call this the sad and happy irresolvable dilemma. From my observation, this is a necessary lesson to get the full benefit from all other happiness lessons.
If someone told you that the question about whether happiness could be measured was settled and the issue at hand is how to use happiness data, would you believe it? Most would say no, but a growing number of psychologists, economists, community activists, and policy makers are proving that happiness is quantifiable and that the data is useful.