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Een beetje geluk

DUBAI – Ik ben zeer verheugd om te delen in de viering van de International Day of Happiness (Internationale Dag van Geluk) dit jaar. Maar om eerlijk te zijn ligt bij mij de nadruk op de overige 364 dagen van het jaar. Ik zit immers in de 'happiness business'.

Er zijn in de wereld een paar initiatieven geweest om verder te kijken dan het bbp en de gegevens over scholen en ziekenhuisbedden, bij het meten van het succes van een land op het gebied van bestuur en ontwikkeling. In een land dat de afgelopen vijftig jaar bezig is geweest vanuit het niets een economie op te bouwen, weet de regering waarvan ik deel uitmaak maar al te goed dat zulke cijfers – ook al tonen ze aan dat onze ontwikkeling voortschrijdt – niet het hele verhaal vertellen, of iets wat daar op lijkt.

In 2011 hebben de Verenigde Naties de lidstaten opgeroepen meer nadruk te leggen op geluk en welzijn bij hun pogingen sociale en economische ontwikkeling te bereiken en te meten. Sindsdien zijn veel landen gaan beseffen dat het centraal stellen van geluk in hun bestuursdoelstellingen heel verstandig is.

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