Gross National Happiness

Individual happiness is a state of being

Zhiwa Ling Heritage is committed to continued innovation through new ideas, better solutions and more efficient ways to keep the hotel vibrant and full of energy. Zhiwa Ling Heritage was an early adopter of GNH. We developed ways to incorporate the concept to follow a GNH in Business programme - a model based on Bhutan’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Likewise, our training hotel in Thimphu has ecological priniciples embedded into its design. GNH Businesses like Zhiwa Ling Heritage and Zhiwa Ling Ascent are seen as powerful change agents within the community.

The nine pillars of Gross National Happiness are: living standard, good governance, education, health, ecology, community vitality, time use and balance, cultural diversity and psychological wellbeing. The GNH in Business model reinforces the nine pillars via five core goals: Teamwork, Innovation, Integrity, Excellence and Sustainability. Learn more about GNH.

Between 2011 and 2013, Zhiwa Ling Heritage was able to reduce energy consumption by 6.45% and we reduced our production of waste by 15%. An incredible 98% of all waste is now recycled on-site. We maintain a community focus through employment, supporting local schools and charities, and we’re proud to be a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, attained in part because of our dedication to GNH.