Leg 6 Gets Underway April 17th - Savannah to Jacksonville
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.
And the animals, water, air, trees, plants, all living things...
Because...You Get What You Measure
Studies show that our behavior is affected by our attention; we actually change what we measure. The Happiness Walk (and GNHUSA) advocates for measuring what matters so that we increase more of THAT. Measuring what matters helps us determine whether we are making smart decisions that get us closer to our goals and are aligned with our values. We propose that traditional economic measures are only a part of a broader definition of progress and indicators of wellbeing.
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.
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. The United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution making happiness central to development and established an annual International Day of Happiness: March 20th. The Happiness Walk is a unique and contributing piece of this shift toward creating greater wellbeing for people and the planet.