Walking to Make Happiness for People and the Planet the New Bottom Line
We walk because the policies and practices of our systems, institutions and our government ought to support and uphold our basic right, and that of future generations, to the pursuit of happiness. They should reflect our values - what matters to us most. When these things are not aligned, we are not happy and radical change is needed.
The Happiness Walk is part of a growing global movement to put happiness and wellbeing at the center of our policy discussions and decision-making. As we walk we talk with people about what matters. Our conversations 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.
You Get What You Measure
Studies show that our behavior is affected by our attention. Therefore, the measures we choose - what draws our attention - drives the things we do and the decisions we make. Measuring what matters helps us make decisions that are truly 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 reflect a society in distress:
We can do better! Many efforts to implement policy guided by wellbeing measures 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 (OECD) has unveiled the Better Life Index. In 2012, the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution making happiness central to development efforts and established March 20th as International Day of Happiness.
The happiness movement requires hope, leadership from the heart, individual and collective action, moral, economic and political power, and YOU! The Happiness Walk is a unique and contributing piece of this shift toward creating greater happiness and wellbeing for all people and the planet.
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