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A simple guide to conducting your own happiness initiative in your city, neighborhood, office, place of worship or even for your family!

A simple guide to conducting your own happiness initiative in your city, neighborhood, office, place of worship or even for your family!

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  • Know your purpose Inspire conversation - revitalizing and reframing debate to provoke richer and broader local and national conversations about all of the components of progress. <br /> Use of a GNH Index by government and other decision makers - to encourage and support better local and national policies to build and sustain better lives for current and future generations. <br />
  • Name of City, Campus or Organization) Happiness Proclamation <br />   <br /> WHEREAS, The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed with “unalienable rights… among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and the happiness, or well-being, of citizens is of utmost importance to the ( ); and <br />   <br /> WHEREAS The United Nation’s resolution adopted July 19, 2011 “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development” recognizes “that the gross domestic product indicator by nature was not designed to and does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people in a country” and encourages “additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being”; <br />   <br /> WHEREAS, ( ) understands that “…the welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measure of national income,” as stated by Simon Kuznets, who created the standard that became GDP; <br />   <br /> WHEREAS The idea of measuring people’s happiness or satisfaction with the way their lives are going is an important tool that will help to create a just, sustainable and resilient society; <br />   <br /> WHEREAS ( ) understands the importance of creating a broad assessment of the happiness of its (residents) (student body);  <br /> WHEREAS The Happiness Initiative’s Gross National Happiness Index provide valuable data and information about the well-being and happiness of our (city) (campus); and <br />   <br /> WHEREAS, ( ) is known for its leadership and innovation in the continuing effort to promote the happiness of all peoples; and <br />   <br /> WHEREAS, The ( ) acknowledge our role and responsibility for the happiness and well-being of our community; <br />   <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed by the ( ) <br />   <br /> The ( ) supports the concept of wider measures of well-being to guide public policy and allocation of resources. <br />   <br /> The ( ) encourages people and organizations to participate in The Gross National Happiness Index and encourages efforts to conduct a random sampling of our population to ensure representation of the population.  <br />   <br /> The ( ) is looking forward to seeing the results of the Gross National Happiness Index. <br />   <br /> The ( ) encourages the commencement of local town meetings in town halls, community centers, and other public gathering spaces in neighborhoods, where our community revitalizes and reframes the debate and provokes richer broader conversation on a local and national level about subjective and objective metrics. <br />   <br /> The ( ) intends to consult the available Gross National Happiness Index data and reports on the issues and ideas raised our community at the town meetings and other activities exploring happiness and well-being. <br />   <br /> The ( ) will participate in the town meetings and support activities as is feasible to foster the exploration and conversation about happiness and well-being. <br />   <br />   <br /> Signed on this day ______________________ at ________________________ <br />   <br />
  • The survey can not be conducted in an exclusive manner or for commercial purposes. If you are seeking to conduct the survey for a research project, you must contact us first for permission, The survey may not be used for any commercial purpose <br /> Suggested donations: <br /> Small nonprofits, volunteer groups, student group  - $100 <br /> Small and med business, Campus - $200 <br /> City, town, library etc, medium NGO - $300 <br /> Large business or nonprofit – please contact us <br /> We will not refuse a referral code or unique URL to anybody because they can not pay <br />
  • http://dabuttonfactory.com/ is one tool. There are many others, some that generate buttons with your unique URL already embedded. <br />
  • Email info @happycounts.org or go to happycounts.org/toolkits to get the “how to” for building a free website on weebly. <br />
  • logo can be saved as image <br />
  • Research: The survey can not be conducted in an exclusive manner or for commercial purposes. If you are seeking to conduct the survey for a research project, you must contact us first for permission, The survey may not be used for any commercial purpose <br /> Suggested donations: <br /> Small nonprofits, volunteer groups, student group  - $100 <br /> Small and med business, Campus - $200 <br /> City, town, library etc, medium NGO - $300 <br /> Large business or nonprofit – please contact us <br /> We will not refuse a referral code or unique URL to anybody because they can not pay <br />
  • DRAFT PRESS RELEASE <br /> This draft press release is provided as a suggestion only, and for your convenience. Each happiness initiative’s press release will be different based on the circumstances and needs of the community. Issue your press release 72 and 24 hours prior to your event, and early in the morning so the journalists, radio talk show host, TV reporters and area bloggers get it first thing when they get in. You will need to collect their contact information prior to issuing your press release. Your press release is only as good as your contact information. <br />   <br /> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Day, Month, Numerical day, Year <br />   <br /> (PROJECT NAME) HAPPINESS INITIATIVE LAUNCHES <br />   <br /> CONTACTS: <br /> Name, Title, Organization, Phone, Email <br />   <br />   <br /> YOUR CITY OR TOWN NAME—Can you measure happiness? (Your Project Name) thinks so. In association with (List project partners), it is releasing the first comprehensive survey of happiness in this region, as part of the (Name of your project). <br />   <br /> Need Statement: Use a quote from a local leader here about the need for the project. Here is the quote we used. Note about quotes: The most efficient way to get quotes is to interview the candidate, then derive a quote from the interview that they then can edit. You are less likely to get the quote you need if you simply ask for a quote stating the need, etc. <br /> &quot;You get what you measure,&quot; says Seattle City Councilmember Mike O&apos;Brien.  &quot;For too long we&apos;ve measured the wrong things—Gross Domestic Product doesn&apos;t tell us whether we have a good quality of life or a sustainable society.  This survey, which includes nine domains of well-being, not just income, is a good way to start measuring the important things we care about, so we can actually achieve them.&quot; <br />   <br />   <br /> Project Description: Use a quote from your project lead or another person on your team. <br /> “We’re thrilled to take the lead in this exciting project,” adds (Project Lead). “We hope the (your area) Happiness Initiative leads to positive action for greater happiness, social justice, and both economic and environmental health.” <br />   <br /> The Gross National Happiness Index is now online at (your website). Anyone may take the survey and receive an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of the ten domains of happiness identified by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; work experience, education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being. <br />   <br /> The survey takes a holistic approach to well-being and asks poignant questions that allow reflection and insight. Motivation Quote. You can use this one from the Happiness Initiative, or supply your own from a community member. <br />   <br /> “It takes about 12 minutes to complete,” says Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the Happiness Initiative, a national project. “But you’ll find it’s worth the time because it really makes you think about your life and how to improve it. It’s part of an exciting new effort to add quality of life and sustainability to our assessments of progress. It’s being used in many countries now, but this is the first opportunity for Americans to take the survey. The results will be useful to individuals, organizations and policy makers who want to base their efforts to increase well-being on solid science and comprehensive information.” <br />   <br /> Supporting Quote: This quote shows support from important organizations that are members of the team. <br /> “The survey is critical for all of our actions to promote happiness and compassion for everyone in our region,” adds Board Chairperson of (Name of an Organization) Name. “We are delighted to support this vitally important project. <br />   <br /> To learn more and get involved with (project name) email (email address) sign up for timely updates and information on Twitter, (twitter account) or sign up for our newsletter at (newsletter sign up link). <br />   <br /> And take the survey now at: Your Website <br />   <br /> BOILERPLATE HERE- about your organization. <br />   <br />
  • DRAFT PRESS RELEASE <br /> This draft press release is provided as a suggestion only, and for your convenience. Each happiness initiative’s press release will be different based on the circumstances and needs of the community. Issue your press release 72 and 24 hours prior to your event, and early in the morning so the journalists, radio talk show host, TV reporters and area bloggers get it first thing when they get in. You will need to collect their contact information prior to issuing your press release. Your press release is only as good as your contact information. <br />   <br /> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Day, Month, Numerical day, Year <br />   <br /> (PROJECT NAME) HAPPINESS INITIATIVE LAUNCHES <br />   <br /> CONTACTS: <br /> Name, Title, Organization, Phone, Email <br />   <br />   <br /> YOUR CITY OR TOWN NAME—Can you measure happiness? (Your Project Name) thinks so. In association with (List project partners), it is releasing the first comprehensive survey of happiness in this region, as part of the (Name of your project). <br />   <br /> Need Statement: Use a quote from a local leader here about the need for the project. Here is the quote we used. Note about quotes: The most efficient way to get quotes is to interview the candidate, then derive a quote from the interview that they then can edit. You are less likely to get the quote you need if you simply ask for a quote stating the need, etc. <br /> &quot;You get what you measure,&quot; says Seattle City Councilmember Mike O&apos;Brien.  &quot;For too long we&apos;ve measured the wrong things—Gross Domestic Product doesn&apos;t tell us whether we have a good quality of life or a sustainable society.  This survey, which includes nine domains of well-being, not just income, is a good way to start measuring the important things we care about, so we can actually achieve them.&quot; <br />   <br />   <br /> Project Description: Use a quote from your project lead or another person on your team. <br /> “We’re thrilled to take the lead in this exciting project,” adds (Project Lead). “We hope the (your area) Happiness Initiative leads to positive action for greater happiness, social justice, and both economic and environmental health.” <br />   <br /> The Gross National Happiness Index is now online at (your website). Anyone may take the survey and receive an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of the ten domains of happiness identified by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; work experience, education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being. <br />   <br /> The survey takes a holistic approach to well-being and asks poignant questions that allow reflection and insight. Motivation Quote. You can use this one from the Happiness Initiative, or supply your own from a community member. <br />   <br /> “It takes about 12 minutes to complete,” says Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the Happiness Initiative, a national project. “But you’ll find it’s worth the time because it really makes you think about your life and how to improve it. It’s part of an exciting new effort to add quality of life and sustainability to our assessments of progress. It’s being used in many countries now, but this is the first opportunity for Americans to take the survey. The results will be useful to individuals, organizations and policy makers who want to base their efforts to increase well-being on solid science and comprehensive information.” <br />   <br /> Supporting Quote: This quote shows support from important organizations that are members of the team. <br /> “The survey is critical for all of our actions to promote happiness and compassion for everyone in our region,” adds Board Chairperson of (Name of an Organization) Name. “We are delighted to support this vitally important project. <br />   <br /> To learn more and get involved with (project name) email (email address) sign up for timely updates and information on Twitter, (twitter account) or sign up for our newsletter at (newsletter sign up link). <br />   <br /> And take the survey now at: Your Website <br />   <br /> BOILERPLATE HERE- about your organization. <br />   <br /> # # # <br />
  • The GNH Index is available in hard copy online to download <br />
  • Two scenarios <br /> Subjective measure for environment high <br /> GHG emissions trending up, solid waste increasing <br /> Policies & Programs may not be successful without incentives, education <br /> Subjective measure for environment low <br /> GHG emissions trending up, solid waste increasing <br /> Greater reliance on collaborations and partnerships may lead to higher success rates <br />

How to Conduct a Happiness Initiative How to Conduct a Happiness Initiative Presentation Transcript

  • How to Conduct a Happiness InitiativeHow to Conduct a Happiness Initiative & use the Gross National Happiness Index& use the Gross National Happiness Index Happiness Initiative Leadership Training Part TwoHappiness Initiative Leadership Training Part Two
  • Ways to use the Gross National Happiness Index
  • Conduct a Happiness Initiative OR
  • Tip: start small
  • Using the GNH Index We provide you a Unique URL
  • Using the GNH Index Survey
  • Using the GNH Index Survey a few examples
  • The Happiness Initiative logo for you to use for your happiness initiative
  • Please keep your survey online indefinitely! Allowing people continual access to a personal assessment of their own well-being is an important aspect of the happiness movement
  • DRAFT PRESS RELEASE This draft press release is provided as a suggestion only, and for your convenience. Each happiness initiative’s press release will be different based on the circumstances and needs of the community. Issue your press release 72 and 24 hours prior to your event, and early in the morning so the journalists, radio talk show host, TV reporters and area bloggers get it first thing when they get in. You will need to collect their contact information prior to issuing your press release. Your press release is only as good as your contact information. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Day, Month, Numerical day, Year (PROJECT NAME) HAPPINESS INITIATIVE LAUNCHES CONTACTS Name, Title, Organization, Phone, Email YOUR CITY OR TOWN NAME—Can you measure happiness? (Your Project Name) thinks so. In association with (List project partners), it is releasing the first comprehensive survey of happiness in this region, as part of the (Name of your project). Need Statement: Use a quote from a local leader here about the need for the project. Here is the quote we used. Note about quotes: The most efficient way to get quotes is to interview the candidate, then derive a quote from the interview that they then can edit. You are less likely to get the quote you need if you simply ask for a quote stating the need, etc. "You get what you measure," says Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien. "For too long we've measured the wrong things—Gross Domestic Product doesn't tell us whether we have a good quality of life or a sustainable society. This survey, which includes nine domains of well-being, not just income, is a good way to start measuring the important things we care about, so we can actually achieve them.” Project Description: Use a quote from your project lead or another person on your team. “We’re thrilled to take the lead in this exciting project,” adds (Project Lead). “We hope the (your area) Happiness Initiative leads to positive action for greater happiness, social justice, and both economic and environmental health.” The Gross National Happiness Index is now online at (your website). Anyone may take the survey and receive an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of the ten domains of happiness identified by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; work experience, education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being. The survey takes a holistic approach to well-being and asks poignant questions that allow reflection and insight. Motivation Quote. You can use this one from the Happiness Initiative, or supply your own from a community member. “It takes about 12 minutes to complete,” says Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the National Happiness Initiative. “But you’ll find it’s worth the time because it really makes you think about your life and how to improve it. It’s part of an exciting new effort to add quality of life and sustainability to our assessments of progress. It’s being used in many countries now, but this is the first opportunity for Americans to take the survey. The results will be useful to individuals, organizations and policy makers who want to base their efforts to increase well-being on solid science and comprehensive information.” Supporting Quote: This quote shows support from important organizations that are members of the team. “The survey is critical for all of our actions to promote happiness and compassion for everyone in our region,” adds Board Chairperson of (Name of an Organization) Name. “We are delighted to support this vitally important project. To learn more and get involved with (project name) email (email address) sign up for timely updates and information on Twitter, (twitter account) or sign up for our newsletter at (newsletter sign up link). And take the survey now at: Your Website BOILERPLATE HERE- about your organization. # # # Draft language for your press release here also, for you to cut, paste and adopt for your Happiness Initiative’s press release…
  • Awareness raising can elicit negative pressAwareness raising can elicit negative press  Fly high – Issue a press release stating the purposeFly high – Issue a press release stating the purpose of your project, linking it to the importance ofof your project, linking it to the importance of happiness for government, and the current status ofhappiness for government, and the current status of society and the environmentsociety and the environment  Write letters to the editor rather than directly toWrite letters to the editor rather than directly to the reporterthe reporter Camps you can’t win in: Fly higher. As much as theyCamps you can’t win in: Fly higher. As much as they may try to incite, keep to your purpose.may try to incite, keep to your purpose. A few words about negative pressA few words about negative press
  • Results You will get the aggregate averages for your unique code within 7 days of a request More data analysis: with a signed personal data confidentiality agreement by a researcher, statistician or similar person on your team, we provide the full data set.
  • a few words about… Objective Metrics
  • On gathering data for objective indicators  Use indicators already in place if you can. e.g. sustainability indicators, healthy community indicators, etc.  Fewer is better. About 11 if you can.  Work with organizations already gathering the data  If no data is available for your region, note this rather than excluding the indicator as the unavailability of data is informative
  • Happy Actions
  • Above all Remember:
  • The Happiness Movement represents a big shift in thinking and being. It will take time. It’s important to take care of your own happiness. AND… The Happiness Movement represents a big shift in thinking and being. It will take time. It’s important to take care of your own happiness. AND…
  • …start small
  • Questions, Comments, info@happycounts.org Questions, Comments, Requests Questions, Comments, Requests email info@happycounts.org email info@happycounts.org
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