happiness from what you don't have
I've never been to Bhutan. I don't know much about that country, so to compare their happiness with ours is like comparing between the Centigrade scale with the Fahrenheit scale.
Are we happy? *shrug*. I guess instead of looking at it from "we are happy because we have...", why not look at it as "we are happy because we don't have..." Does strong economy make us happier? Maybe. Does infrastructure make us happier? Perhaps. Does technology make us happier? Doubtful. On the MRT, I see roughly 2/3 of the passengers are constantly staring at their screens, big or small. Couples going out, each looking at his/her individual screen. Friends gathering at the cafe, each checking updates from the smartphone. Does it make you happier if you have collected all the coins from the what farming games? Does it bring you satisfaction by clearing 3 jewels in a row? How about telling the world you've checked in to places?
I know at this moment I am looking at the screen in my bedroom. I don't do that every single second when I'm in my room with my eyes open. I've spent time and thoughts decorating my room, choosing my favourite lights, arranging the furnitures. So why let the dark computer screen steal the whole show? I glance around my room, enjoying the slowness and idleness, and make sure that it is also my soul and not only my shell that lives here.
I can go on talking about the happy times I had pumping water from the well in rural China. Turning on the tap?
What you have, may not always bring you happiness.