Most people are aware of GDP, which stand for Gross Domestic Product, a common indicator of how an economy of a country is performing. More specifically it is the market value of final goods and services produced within a year or other given period of time. A complementary yet conflicting concept that emerged later is Gross National Happiness (GNH) developed by His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the 1970s. Citizens Programme for Human Development is an NGO in Bangladesh, first NGO implementing GNH (Gross National Happiness) in the country under the Sufi doctrine.
“Gross National Happiness (GNH) measures the quality of a country in a holistic way. It believes that the development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development compliments each other.”
The concept maintains that the progress of an economy should not solely depend on how much of something is being produced and how much money is being made out of it, because the happiness and emotional wellbeing of the people those are a part of an economy is also important. The basic economic models derive from unlimited demands with limited resources; however, the Sufi doctrine enforces the need to limit these demands through the process of internal healing and sacrifice. Wealth does not always equal to happiness.
CPHD spokesperson explained: “GNH believes that money cannot buy happiness. GNH believes money is great until you overcome the poverty level and then it is not so great. In the developed countries at the age of 44 most people are successful, they have a family, home, a decent job so there is no reason to them not to be happy. The reason why they are unhappy is because they are running after money. It is like a treadmill where we are running but staying at the same place and at one point we get tired of running.”
GNH concept discourages and condemns negative feelings such as jealousy and envy of other people’s progress. The concept of GNH gives three indicators and they are Meaning, Control and Earned Success, the focus lies in the uplifting of one’s own moral and ethical behavior to achieve holistic happiness that does not depend on external stimuli such as someone else’s failure. A strong connection between GNH and spirituality becomes obvious, upon which CPHD shed light upon through the example of Spiritual Ideology of Sufism. The five pillars of Sufism correspond with the three indicator of GNH.
Learn more about the concept, at: http://cphd.net/gnh-spiritual-ideology/
CPHD-Citizens Programme for Human Development was initiated and founded by Saim Amir Faisal Sami (referred to as Saim Faisal). CPHD NGO in Bangladesh covers the key elemental aspects of social welfare with the ultimate objective to create an enlightened, peaceful and prosperous society. The philosophy of this organization emphasizes entirely upon serving, promoting and devoting to the ideology of humanism. The developmental programme uses the Gross National Happiness (GNH) as an indicator for the measurement of quality of life and economic welfare. The organization believes in unification and the modernization that coincides with the evolutionary progress of social development. Most of the projects like hospital, football academy are already pre-existing and self-sustained.
Mr. Saim Amir Faisal Sami completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham in Economics, and then completed his postgraduate degree in Economics and Policy from University College London. Mr. Saim Amir Faisal Sami is currently continuing his PhD degree in Economics from University College London.
CPHD has more than 250,000 officially registered members and unofficially over 500,000 members and unlimited number of dedicated volunteers.
CPHD has the potential to be one of the largest development organizations in the world. It would be an honor to present CPHD to the hundreds of thousands of viewers/readers to the world of media.