First common question many of my curious friends asked was: “So after being to Bhutan, are the people there truly happy?”
“I believe so, haven’t met a sad person there so far.” I replied delightedly.
The many warm and charming personalities that I met in Bhutan lead simple lives and are very contented. Whether its the people living in the urbanized capital of Thimphu or in the remote villages they exude a sense of peace and happiness from their hearts which is definitely impossible to impose. They exchange greetings with each other on the road and are happy to meet a fellow sentient beings. Perhaps this is the effect of upbringing and living in small knitted communities they have. For example, there are only 2,000 villagers living in Gangtey and 110,000 people living in Thimphu Town.
Despite having a low per capita income, there are no beggars in Bhutan. They live a dignified and contented life. Most of them are also self-sufficient, employment in the city is a means to a living but subsistence farming is also a common means for the Bhutanese.
I am most intrigued by Bhutanese hospitality they consistently displayed. Every visitor to a family is definitely welcomed with milk teas, cookies and some local tidbits. The Bhutanese spare no attention for their guests and ever welcoming. The company and attention they showered on their guests made each visits and conversation memorable.
In my short stay in Bhutan, I had the good fortune of visiting a Bhutanese family. Dinner with guests is a grand affair and their will put on some of their best delicacy for their guest. What I adore is the close knitted family unit. I understand that most Bhutanese eat their meals at home and as a family. These simple pleasures or rather frequent family bonding are quality time they spend together.