The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is best known for its innovative policy of Gross National Happiness, which is a philosophy that guides the government of Bhutan. It includes an index which is used to measure the collective happiness and well-being of the population. Gross National Happiness was instituted as the goal of the government of Bhutan in the Constitution of Bhutan, enacted on 18 July 2008.
How to they stay happy? The reason may surprise you. They think about death. Often. In fact, they are supposed to think about their own demise 5 times a day. In theory, this in turn makes them more appreciative of life, and therefore, happier. And there’s evidence to support this. In a 2007 study, University of Kentucky psychologists did an involved test – google Nathan DeWall and death if you want to see it — and concluded that “death is a psychologically threatening fact, but when people contemplate it, apparently the automatic system begins to search for happy thoughts”.
So start thinking about your own death. And yes, there’s an app for that. It’s called WeCroak and it gives random thoughts during the day to remind you you’re going to kark it, so make the most of life.