2016 brought many changes in India. That year in April, Madhya Pradesh became the first Indian state to set up a governmental department of Happiness.
The concept came along in the year 2011 when the United Nation started publishing an annual report on global happiness. The idea behind these statistics was to measure the happiness level of people, which would further help countries in informing and guiding their public policies.
After a severe decline in India’s Happiness Levels, MP was quick to establish a Happiness Department and swore to work towards the happiness and well being of the common people.
The MP Happiness Department is officially known as Anand Vibhaag. The objective of this department is to measure prosperity by gauging citizens happiness quotient and not the gross domestic product.
According to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (˘who also headed the department), “roti, kapda, makaan” were not enough variable to bring in happiness in people’s lives.
In addition to setting up festivals and activities, this department also created an Anand Club to encourage like-minded people to learn and share their thoughts.
To learn more about Anand Vibhaag and its programs, do visit: https://www.anandsansthanmp.in/en/index