WYAAP Welcomes Bhutan’s Mr. Happiness

Rigzin Regal (front, center), with WYAAP Members and students of the DLS-CSB Consular and Diplomatic Affairs Department

MANILA, Philippines (February 8, 2017)–World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) in partnership with the De La Salle – College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) co-organized an afternoon talk with Rigzin Regal, also known in Bhutan as “Mr. Happiness.” He founded the Bhutan Gross National Happiness Youth (Bhutan GNH Youth), an organization composed of young individuals who aim to share and live out the concept of GNH in Bhutan. Regal tours the region to share the concept of GNH and to educate youth around the world about happiness.

Held at the main DLS-CSB campus building, Regals’ talk entitled, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index at a Glance, was attended by Consular and Diplomatic Affairs students of the university and other WYA Members and staff from the Philippines. Regal shared a brief history of Bhutan and their Gross National Happiness index, stories about the country’s culture and people, and about how to achieve a deeper understanding of happiness (and how to achieve happiness itself) given the fast-paced landscape of the world today.

In achieving happiness, among his key ideas was valuing oneself and valuing others. “I think it’s very important to understand each other. This [life] could be a journey we could do together.” He shares.

GNH was introduced by the fourth king of Bhutan, H.M. Jigme Singye Wanchuck, who envisioned a way in which citizens will be able to develop themselves, their environment, and observe a sense of interdependence. Founded on four major pillars, namely, good governance, socio-economic development, cultural preservation and promotion, and environmental preservation, GNH–not GDP– is the country’s prime measure of progress and prosperity.

WYAAP would like to thank Rigzin Regal for visiting our youth and imparting valuable insights. We also thank the DLS-CSB Consular and Diplomatic Affairs Department for making this event happen.

Have an interesting talk you’d like to co-organize with WYAAP? Send us a proposal at asiapacific@wya.net.