The Happiness Walk USA
Two women, with walking shoes and an audio recorder, crossing a big country and sharing a big vision - because happiness matters for people and the planet.
8,000 miles and two to three years
Because happiness matters to people and the planet.
Vermonters Paula Francis and Linda Wheatley are walking to convey the importance of fulfilling the central tenet of our Declaration of Independence, the right of all Americans to "...Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
So far, they've covered 720 miles, from Montreal QC to Washington DC. This fall, the journey continues cross-country as they head south and west from DC to Raleigh, New Orleans, Dallas and, eventually, Los Angeles. En route, we talk with people about happiness and what truly matters in life. The answers are not necessarily surprising, but their consistency and the power of our true priorities might be. (read more)
The Happiness Walk will continue for as long as there is a good reason, stories to collect and support for their effort.
Because...You Get What You Measure
The Happiness Walk draws attention to the need for an expanded set of true progress indicators - one that views economic and material well-being as part of a broader definition of progress. While we may be keeping up or leading the world in economic measures like GDP, there are plenty of indicators that currently reflect a society in distress:
Many efforts to measure what matters and to implement policy guided by those values are underway. For example, 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.
We are collecting and sharing statements of what matters.
We are devoting two years to this project.
Your stories will change 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.