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Kuantum Kebahagiaan (A Quantum of Happiness)

DUBAI – Saya merasa senang bisa ikut merayakan Hari Bahagia Sedunia (International Day of Happiness) tahun ini. Tapi jujur saja, fokus saya terletak pada 364 hari lainnya. Bagaimanapun juga tugas pokok saya adalah mengupayakan terciptanya kebahagiaan untuk semua.

Sejumlah inisiatif dan upaya di seluruh dunia telah dijalankan untuk bergeser dari PDB dan data tentang sekolah atau jumlah tempat tidur di rumah sakit ketika mengukur keberhasilan negara dalam tata kelola dan pembangunan. Di negara yang telah menghabiskan lima dekade terakhir membangun ekonomi dari kondisi diam, pemerintah yang saya layani sekarang tahu persis bahwa angka-angka tersebut, meskipun menunjukkan bahwa pertumbuhan terus meningkat, tidak menceritakan gambaran yang utuh.

Pada tahun 2011, PBB menyerukan agar negara-negara anggota lebih menekankan kebahagiaan dan kesejahteraan dalam upaya mewujudkan dan mengukur pembangunan sosial dan ekonomi. Sejak saat itu, banyak negara mulai menyadari bahwa menempatkan kebahagiaan sebagai inti tujuan tata kelola pemerintahan adalah tindakan yang masuk akal.

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