We Walked Our Thousandth Mile!
Because Happiness Matters to All People and the Planet
Paula Francis and Linda Wheatley are walking around the United States 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."
Our journey takes us cross-country, south and west from Vermont, as we talk with people about happiness and what truly matters in life. The responses we gather are not necessarily surprising, but their consistency and the power of our true priorities 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 the intent to inspire action. This includes the development of national policies that are aligned with with the priorities we hold in common and value. The Walk will continue for as long as there is a good reason, stories to report, and support for the effort.
Because...You Get What You Measure
The Happiness Walk draws attention to the need for our common values to drive our policies. We advocate for the use of an expanded set of progress indicators, representative of what people say matters (common values); where economic and material well-being is only part of a broader definition of progress. 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.