International Day of Happiness: Prof M S Swaminathan
March 20, 2020: Credit should go to the former King of Bhutan for emphasizing that the whole concept of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should be converted into Gross National Happiness (GNH). Happiness implies certain spiritual values, in addition to economic consideration. Happiness also comes from the spirit of harmony between nature and human being and among human beings. Therefore, it will be appropriate if on this day, every country will adopt the principle of happiness to measure their progress.
On this International Day of Happiness, I wish to remind all population rich countries what the French Philosopher Marquis De Condorcet (1795) said “Population will stabilise itself, if children are born for happiness and not for mere existence”.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.