'Culture, development, and happiness.' 

Neil Thin, Ritu Verma, Yukiko Uchida,

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


Culture permeates everything we do. It is how we learn, how we share ideas
and knowledge, and how we accumulate and transform practices across
generations. Through cultural processes, humans cultivate individual identity
and social relations, and provide larger collectivities with a sense of joint
responsibility and affection. Law, business, finance, military capability, science,
and love-making, are all just as ‗cultural‘ as spirituality, kinship, dress codes,
dance and material art. Since all aspects of our happiness and wellbeing are
culturally constructed and learned, for both personal and public responsibilities
we need strong cultural awareness. Sometimes, too, it is helpful to single out
some kinds of activity as ‗cultural‘ in order to protect or promote them
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHappiness
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming the Development Landscape.
Place of PublicationThimphu, Bhutan
PublisherThe Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)978-99936-14-90-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • happiness
  • culture
  • national planning
  • development
  • well-being
  • wellbeing

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