Traveling to the Happiest Country in the World!!

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uh welcome to bhutan oh all right this has got to be the most beautiful airport i’ve ever seen in my life what and even the freaking conveyor belt for our luggage is beautiful so the thing about bhutan is that you’re not allowed to come here without an official tour guide assigned to you and they hook you up with hotels visas transportation which means that i have a guide waiting for me out here hi how are you how are you fine yes great to meet you man this is beautiful i like it what was your name so welcome this car for you thank you so much great wow awesome once again welcome to bhutan thank you so much i’m super excited to explore and and learn about how bhutan is apparently the happiest country in the world right [Applause] [Music] [Music] he’s freaking huge the main goal for today is to turn lp into the first bhutanese vlogger here you go it’s your turn but first what are we doing right now we’re going in the buddha statue it’s one of the largest sitting buddha in the world so 210 feet [Music] [Applause] [Music] wow after exploring a few more iconic places in bhutan i felt amazed by the scenery yet i still had so many unanswered questions why do some call this place the happiest country how does their society differ from any other place in the world and just as these questions came to mind my friend kevin we had met in thailand last year heard that i was in bhutan and had a connection to the perfect man to answer all of this the ex-prime minister of bhutan and so funnily enough before beginning the hour-long drive over to his house to interview him i was walking over to go get him a gift and i noticed something strange i just went on a quick little walk and as i’m walking around i’m slowly starting to notice that this country has a weird obsession with penises there’s penises on a lot of different buildings i’ve been like kind of seeing it and i was like oh that guy’s got a penis on his house and they kind of like not really think about it and now as i’ve been walking around i’m noticing this is not a coincidence or a one-off situation people in bhutan really like penises okay so i have to ask you because i want to make sure i get that story on camera what’s the deal with all the penises on all the houses yeah to protect to protect from the evil and the coast does anybody find it funny or is it always just seen that it’s part of the culture yeah it’s part of culture for us it’s usually the original touristy tech means they feel shy yeah so that’s why i don’t talk much about that yeah oh my god well you learn something every day so we are about to go meet the ex-prime minister of bhutan and we need to bring him a gift i can’t believe these freaking penises it feels like such a juxtaposition next to all of these religious buddha statues and then there’s just a whole bunch of cooks what do you think that one

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i don’t know if i’m confident enough to bring a penis as a gift you know what i’m saying which one would you recommend uh that one yeah this one and those are the four doorways to heaven that’s pretty nice yeah yeah we’ll do that thank you so much all right now we gotta run and so after getting the gift so we drove an hour to finally sit down with the ex-prime minister thank you so much for agreeing to do this on such a last-second notice i just want to start by asking you for somebody who doesn’t know the basics of the girl’s happiness income gross wrestling girl’s national happiness yeah i know i really don’t know but gross national happiness is basically a development philosophy that acknowledges that economic growth is important but that economic growth must not be mindless it should also be sustainable environmentally sustainable and it also should be equally spread throughout society until recently bhutan was the only country in the world that’s carbon neutral okay and now suriname is also carbon neutral so the two countries but i mean we have 195 countries in the world today and to have two countries and that to two small countries just two countries that are carbon neutral is not acceptable in bhutan we sequester about three times more carbon dioxide than we emit as a nation traditional economist would have advised his majesty the king to harvest the forest yet he didn’t and all i can say is that he was way ahead of his times so some people say bhutan is one of the happiest countries in the world do you feel like that’s just like something outsiders say about bhutan or do you agree with that statement or yes and no yes or no yeah it’s something that outsiders say because they’ve heard about the development philosophy of cross national happiness and there’s a misunderstanding people have just concluded that this must be the happiest country in the world and yes you may have noticed that we smile a lot and when we smile we smile from the depths of our soul you know who’s to say that we are the happiest people there are many societies and some societies may be happier yet we should ought to be happy also because the conditions of happiness are available in bhutan free health care free education clean air natural environment is the rule of law justice these are all in place what does bhutan do that you think other countries could easily implement if there is something that we can share is the importance of leadership the world knows the importance of leadership absolutely no doubt but we have enjoyed the blessings of enlightened leaders whether it is our monasteries

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or whether it’s a wildlife whether it is a hot tall mountains that are still unclimbed yeah all of them ultimately is because of enlightened leadership so we are a small country tucked away in the himalayas sandwiched between two huge giants yet our culture is intact our spirituality is intact economy is growing gradually but sustainably and all of this because of enlightened kings there’s a lot of young people in the world that are anxious are depressed what do you think the world can learn about bhutan’s happiness i guess making happiness a priority firstly youth all over the world are anxious bhutanese yuta anxious i am anxious but what makes it worse is because we are so connected now earlier you are isolated in your own village urbanization came and then the internet and now like you’re not in your cocoon no too much information too much emotions we’re trying to create a platform for people to be able to connect because i think connection is the big reason too because we think we’re connected because we’re on our phone yeah but we’re not actually having the real connection in real life yeah our goal soon is to build an app that can allow people to just go out and connect and find activities to do together tinder does that right yeah our society is too small you well anyways thank you so much for taking the time i really appreciate it i think the world will learn a lot from your wisdom and and i’m so grateful to have had time in bhutan i’m so grateful that your wisdom thomas thank you very much thank you and and a big hi from bhutan to all your followers there you go that was so good i’m so nervous anyway thanks you got a picture yeah thank you very much of course thank you look at my face man he was such a kind and wise and generous human being i’m blown away wow so we’re going all the way up there we’re hiking straight up like a mountain pretty much yes on the hill okay we are beginning the hike to tigers nest which is apparently one of the most holy places in all of bhutan but also apparently in all of buddhism the second buddha who’s the one that popularized and spread buddhism all over asia spent three years three months and three days meditating in the cave that’s built right next to the temple i’m out of breath we barely started we’re super high up in elevation and we’re about to go even higher is that it wow are you climbing what 2 100 meter wow hi buddy [Music] where’s this guy coming from someone lost a horse or oh there he is that’s pretty funny that horse was trying to do the hike on its own today we’re about to peek over the hill we’re going to get a solid first glimpse it’s beautiful apparently in buddhism culture when you go hiking you wash away your sins good for the health good for the body good for the soul ah we’re getting so close look at this thing there’s just something in the air it’s like very hard to describe but all of a sudden my heart just dropped ah what a view oh my god this place is magical for the last little stretch you cannot bring any technology with us you know a lot to film inside they consider them very holy places and

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they want to preserve them you have to put on pants you have to put on a shirt to cover your arms i’m so freaking excited to go see what this place looks like we just got out of tiger’s nest and i just had one of the most intense spiritual moments i’ve ever experienced um at a moment where i closed my eyes and my grandpa passed away around this time of the year about four years ago i just had a moment where i felt like he was and here felt like he would have loved experiencing this moment with me but i know that somewhere around here he did there’s just something about this place that just leaves me so um uncontrollably emotional i felt like the sound was muffled around me i was just so in awe and taken by the scenery and the beauty of this place i feel um grateful right now to experience this moment after spending three days in bhutan i was blown away by what i had learned but i also think it’s safe to say that i only scratched the surface of understanding how this country truly operates there’s a surprising combination of cultural political and ecological factors that allows bhutan to exist the way it does are people there truly the happiest well i’m not sure but what has given them that reputation in the past is this dedication to value the populations and the environment’s overall well-being over blindly chasing financial gain and that’s the main learning lesson that i took away from this trip that bhutan’s harmonious strategy between business and nature and unwillingness to compromise the health of this environment is what’s allowed them to flourish the way they have and so as we think of our nature moving forward maybe we should all keep a little bit of bhutan in our hearts we’ll see you next week i just want to end this video by giving a shout out to our friends in beautiful destinations who provided us with some of the drone footage and b-roll for this video click on the video right here to check out what they made in bhutan it’s absolutely incredible and 100 percent worth watching

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