We walk because the policies and practices of our systems, institutions - and especially of our government - must support and uphold our basic right, and that of future generations, to the pursuit of happiness. When that isn't happening, change is needed.
The Happiness Walk is part of an ever-increasing global happiness movement. Our conversations about what matters in life are recorded and shared with an intent to inspire action. This action includes the development of national policies closely aligned with the priorities we commonly hold and value.
Because...You Get What You Measure
Studies show that our behavior is affected by our attention. The measures we choose, draw out attention and drive our decisions. Measuring what matters helps us determine whether we are making decisions that are aligned with our values.
Traditional economic measures are only part of a broader definition of progress and of a complete set of wellbeing indicators. While the USA may be one of the leaders of the world in traditional economic measures like GDP, there are plenty of under-reported indicators that currently reflect a society in distress:
We can do better! Many efforts to implement policy guided by expanded measures that truly reflect our values are underway. Maryland and Vermont have implemented a 'Genuine Progress Indicator'; Canada has developed the Canadian Index of Well-Being, the new economics foundation offers the Happy Planet Index, and the Organisation for Economic and Cooperation Development recently unveiled the Better Life Index. And, in 2012, the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution making happiness central to development and established March 20th as International Day of Happiness.
The Happiness Walk is a unique and contributing piece of this shift toward creating greater happiness and wellbeing for all people and the planet.
We've Filmed a Movie Trailer
(to be made public in the fall of 2015)
produced by Bess O'Brien of Kingdom County Productions
and filmed by Patrick Kennedy
We are making a feature-length documentary about GNHUSA and The Happiness Walk to: