Celebrating International Day of Happiness, March 20th, 2015
Because Happiness Matters for People and the Planet
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.
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 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 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.