Walking for a New Bottom Line: Happiness & Wellbeing
A PROJECT OF GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS USA
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 most to us. When these things are not aligned, individuals and society suffers and we must reassess.
"How is it and why is it that we individually desire and strive for certain very important goals for ourselves, but at the same time we design systems that are far from what we really want?"
Marta Ceroni, Donella Meadows Institute
You Get What You Measure
Studies show that our behavior is affected by our attention. The measures we choose - what draws our attention - will drive 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 complete set of wellbeing indicators. While the USA may be one of the leaders of the world in traditional economic measures like GDP, we must consider a wide range of measures of "progress." Even as GDP climbs, there are indicators that reflect a society in distress:
We can - AND MUST - do better!
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. 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 Organization 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 thoughtful patience and persistence, curiosity and genuine listening, hope and leadership from the heart, individual and collective action, along with moral, economic and political power...
The happiness movement needs YOU!
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