by Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 February 2013

What exactly is happiness? How can we measure it? Where can we find it? How can we get more of it? These are the questions that four intrepid travelers – a journalist, economist, blogger and cinematographer – intend to get to the bottom of on a planned Quest for Happiness through the mountains, valleys, villages, temples, schools, and hospitals of Bhutan. Why Bhutan?

Even though it’s the world’s only carbon sink (absorbing more CO2 than it produces), it is also the only country to measure progress not by economic growth (gross domestic product), but by the happiness of its people (gross national happiness).

Their journey will carry them through five phases of exploration, matching the Butanese five pillars of happiness: culture and heritage, health and education, governance, ecology, and wellbeing.

To help support the journey, the intrepid travellers have entered Dos Equis’ Stay Thirsty Grant Competition, which provides funding of up to $25,000 to make the winning entrant’s most ambitious dreams become a reality. Check out their entry and give them a vote to help them get there if you like what you see.