There are many roads to happiness. And one of them leads straight to Bhutan — a country renowned as one of the happiest places in the world. But far from being a paradise where people live perfect lives, the people in this small kingdom enjoy a fairly ordinary and simple life just like many others across the globe. So what makes it such a happy place? It is the many things — big and small — that make up the everyday life of its citizens. Here are some of the things you will find in the Land of the Thunder Dragon that will make you glad to be there.

A sense of isolation
The Kingdom of Bhutan is landlocked and its remote location has kept it fairly isolated from the rest of the world. And even as it has opened itself more to the outside world in recent years, it has managed to preserve a sense of isolation — not the type that evokes loneliness but of peace and tranquility. It is a place where you can literally get away from the hectic pace of city life. It is like stepping into a wondrous world where time seems to slow down and with the noise muted by a much quieter surrounding.

Away from the crowd

If you want to go to a place where you can get away from the crowd, travel to Bhutan. The number of tourists allowed to visit the country each year is strictly regulated. So you can expect fewer tourists anytime you visit. You can explore the country’s top attractions in the company of friendly and knowledgeable guides without bumping into a lot of people.

The Bhutan landscape and stunning nature scenery
You get a hint of the wondrous beauty that you will find in the country as the plane approaches for landing. As you look outside the plane’s window, you will see the majestic mountains of the Himalayas — Mt. Everest and K2. And you as breathe the fresh air soon after you deplane, you begin to see and experience how pristine the environment is in Bhutan.

Listening to TED Talks speakers can be an enriching experience. And as we explore the concepts of altruism and generosity, we stumble upon these gems that provide a glimpse into the power of giving.

1. Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

What if non-profit organizations are rewarded not for how much money they can save but rather on what they have accomplished? In this thought-provoking talk, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta presents another perspective that takes a look into the potential impact of rewarding charities based on lofty goals and getting them done.

2. Joy Sun: Should you donate differently?

Giving nowadays is easier than ever with the help of technology. But is donating directly to the people who need help most the best way to do it? Aid worker Joy Sun shares insights about the best ways to give.

3. Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy

Philanthropist Katherine Fulton delivers a heartwarming talk that explores the future of philanthropy. She shares inspiring ideas on how regular people have the power to create positive change through innovation and collaboration.

4. Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism

Is altruism in all its forms effective in helping others? Or is there a better way of doing it? Philosopher Peter Singer shares some interesting insights into giving and the most effective ways to do it.

5. Melinda Gates, Bill Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done

In this interview, Bill and Melinda Gates talks about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and shares their experience in making that life-changing decision. They also talked about their views about marriage, the challenges they have faced, and the fulfillment that comes from giving a significant portion of their wealth. This is an inspiring video about generosity and philanthropy from two people who are making a difference in the world.