Bhutan Hopes Bamboo Boosts National Happiness

The mountain kingdom of Bhutan measures its own Gross National Happiness, which is enhanced by its lovely forests. One tradition bringing down the Happiness quotient is the flags that are flown for the departed, for good luck. The more flags, the better. Now Bhutan's government is growing bamboo to spare the trees that are cut down.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a story of Bhutan going a happy shade of green. As you might've heard, this mountain kingdom measures its own gross national happiness, which is enhanced by its lovely forests. One tradition bringing down the happiness quotient is cutting trees to make poles to fly flags for the departed. It's good luck and the more flags, the better. Now Bhutan's government is growing bamboo to spare the trees and add to the happiness.

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