We Walked Our Thousandth Mile!
Because Happiness Matters to People and the Planet
Paula Francis and Linda Wheatley are crossing the United States on foot to convey the importance of fulfilling the central tenet of the Declaration of Independence: the right of all Americans to "...Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
While walking, we ask people about happiness and what truly matters in life. The responses we gather are not necessarily surprising, but the consistency of message and the power of the collective voice might be. (read more)
The Happiness Walk is part of an ever-increasing, global happiness movement. The 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 hold in common and value.
Because...You Get What You Measure
It is true that our behavior is affected by our attention. We will change what we measure. The Happiness Walk (and GNHUSA) advocates for measuring what matters so that we change THAT. The Happiness Walkers propose that traditional economic measures must be part of a broader definition of progress and a broader range of progress indicators. While the USA may be keeping up or leading the world in traditional economic measures like GDP, there are plenty of underreported indicators that currently reflect a society in distress:
Many efforts to measure what matters and to implement policy guided by those 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. The United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution making happiness central to develop, and established International Day of Happiness, annually on March 20th. The Happiness Walk is a unique and contributing piece of this shift toward greater wellbeing for people and the planet.
We are collecting and sharing statements of what matters,
devoting two years to this project.
Your stories are changing the national conversation.
We humbly invite your financial support.
The Happiness Walk is a project of Gross National
Happiness USA - a 501(c)(3) - all donations go to
GNHUSA and are tax deductible.
Let's Measure What Matters:
The vitality of our communities, our physical and mental health,
our education, our relationship with the environment, our work and family-lives, our spirituality and culture, honest and transparent governance, how we use our time and the security that comes
from a comfortable standard of living.
We walk because the policies and practices of our systems and institutions, and especially of our government, must
support and uphold, not undermine or detract from,
our basic right to the pursuit of happiness, and the right of future generations to that pursuit, as well.