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Enhancing Social Sustainability on Campus:

Starting a Happiness Initiative in Your
Community
Chirapon (Pete) Wangwongwiro...
Happiness vs Age
7.6
7.39
7.4

USA (2008)

Seattle (2011)

7.22

Overall Well-Being Score

7.2
6.98
7

6.8

6.7
6.62

6.6
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Wellness Wheel
The 10 Domains of Happiness
USA Survey Results - Overall
USA Survey Results – Age 19-24
USA Survey Results
• See more at:
http://www.happycounts.org/
grossnationalhappinessindex/
Social
Sustainability
???
Stress
Sustainability

Grades
Mental Health

Elitism
Apathy
Homework

Student loans
Affordability

Time
balance

Social
ju...
Learned Helplessness
• Martin Seligman’s 1975 paper
• “Learned helplessness is the condition of a human
or animal that has...
We are NOT helpless
Let’s forget about the word “sustainability.”

Let’s talk happiness.
Happiness Initiative @ U of M
• Discussion groups
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Love
Relationships
Religion
Meaning

That didn’t work.
Happiness Initiative @ U of M,
Version 2.0
• Interactive and activity-based discussion
groups
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Different people lead...
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Pursuit of Happiness Day – April 13
Earth Day – April 22
Part of a national movement
April 2013 = MHappy Month!
•...
What Was It?
Three main components:
• Happy hours (a new kind)
• Pre-exam stress relief/wellness
• What Makes Life Worth L...
Happy Hour
• Happiness is not just about drinks and bars.
• So much more than that.
• Activities
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Yoga
Mediation...
How did this happen?
• ~$6000 in funding
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Be resourceful.
April = Towards end of fiscal year.

• Find your natural all...
Natural Allies
How did this happen?
• ~$6000 in funding
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Be resourceful
April = Towards end of fiscal year

• Find your natural allie...
Lessons Learned
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Know how you like to create change.
Follow your passion!
Seek allies. Ask for help.
Embody the me...
Final thoughts
• Yes, we need second-order change.
• We also need a new language.
• We need…
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Positivity
Optimis...
My Inspiration

John de Graaf
- Affluenza
- Take Back Your Time
- What’s the Economy
for, Anyway?

Laura Musikanski, JD MB...
THANK YOU!

Q&A
www.mhappy.org
www.happycounts.org
Chirapon (Pete) Wangwongwiroj
chirapon@umich.edu
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Pete Wangwongwiroj, who for two year running conducted a Happiness Initiative at Michigan University, just gave a talk at the AASHE conference on his findings about happiness and social sustainability.

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  • http://www.sustainableseattle.org/sahi/gnh-domainsGross National Happiness DomainsPsychological Well-BeingAssesses the degree of satisfaction and optimism in individual life.  The indicators analyze self-esteem, sense of competence, stress, spiritual activities and prevalence of positive and negative emotions.Physical HealthMeasures the effectiveness of health policies, with criteria such as self-rated health, disability, patterns of risk behavior, exercise, sleep, nutrition, etc.Work/Time BalanceThe use of time is one of the most significant factors in quality of life, especially time for recreation and socializing with family and friends.  A balanced management of time is evaluated, including time spent in traffic jams, at work, in educational activities, etc.Community Vitality/Social ConnectionFocuses on relationships and interactions in communities.  Examines the level of confidence, the sense of belonging, the vitality of affectionate relationships, safety at home and in the community, and the practice of giving and volunteering.Education and Capacity BuildingTakes into account several factors such as participation in formal and informal education, development of skills and capabilities, involvement in children’s education, values education, environmental education, etc.Cultural Vitality and Access to Arts and CultureEvaluates local traditions, festival, core values, participation in cultural events, opportunities to develop artistic skills and discrimination due to religion, race or gender.Environmental Quality and Access to NatureMeasures the perception of citizens about the quality of their water, air, soil, forest cover, biodiversity, etc.  The indicators include access to green areas, system of waste management, etc.Democratic GovernanceAssesses how the population views the government, the media, the judiciary, the electoral system, and the police, in terms of responsibility, honesty and transparency.  It also measures involvement of citizens in community decisions and political processes.Material Well-BeingEvaluates individual and family income, financial security, the level of debt, employment security, the quality of housing, etc.Work ExperienceEvaluates individual satisfaction with work
  • The Gross National Happiness Index Scores represent results from 25,560 people who took the GNH Index between March 2011 and September 2013.
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Robert Kennedy pointed out that our Gross National Product "measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile." Genuine Progress Indicator Cheat Sheet. The goal of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is an alternative to the Gross Domestic Product . It accounts for health care. childcare, volunteering, income distribution,, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being.. The purpose of the GPI is to shift economic policy towards sustainability. It is used by governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Download report: The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006   The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on and maker some adjustments:ADDHousework, Volunteering, and Higher Education - GPI includes the value of this work figured at the approximate cost of hiring someone to do it. The GPI also takes into account the non-market benefits associated with a more educated population.  ADJUST Income Distribution - GPI rises when the poor receive a larger percentage of national income, and falls when their share decreases.Changes in Leisure Time - When leisure time increases, the GPI goes up; when Americans have less of it, the GPI goes down.Lifespan of Consumer Durables & Public Infrastructure - GPI treats the money spent on capital items as a cost, and the value of the service they provide year after year as a benefit for private capital items and to public infrastructure, such as highways.  SUBTRACTResource Depletion GPI counts the depletion or degradation of wetlands, forests, farmland, and nonrenewable minerals (including oil) as a current cost.Pollution - GPI subtracts the costs of air and water pollution as measured by actual damage to human health and the environment. Long-Term Environmental Damage - GPI treats as costs the consumption of certain forms of energy and of ozone-depleting chemicals. It also assigns a cost to carbon emissions to account for the catastrophic economic, environmental, and social effects of global warming. Crime - GPI subtracts the costs arising from crime. Defensive Expenditures - GPI counts defensive expenditures as costs rather than as benefits.Dependence on Foreign Assets - GPI counts net additions to the capital stock as contributions to well-being, and treats money borrowed from abroad as reductions. If the borrowed money is used for investment, the negative effects are canceled out. But if the borrowed money is used to finance consumption, the GPI declines. 
  • Transcript of "Pete' AASHE presentation on social sustainability and happiness"

    1. 1. Enhancing Social Sustainability on Campus: Starting a Happiness Initiative in Your Community Chirapon (Pete) Wangwongwiroj Happiness Initiative @ UM chirapon@umich.edu AASHE Conference October 8, 2013
    2. 2. Happiness vs Age 7.6 7.39 7.4 USA (2008) Seattle (2011) 7.22 Overall Well-Being Score 7.2 6.98 7 6.8 6.7 6.62 6.6 6.44 6.4 6.2 6.44 6.47 6.43 6.27 6.16 6 Age Group
    3. 3. Wellness Wheel
    4. 4. The 10 Domains of Happiness
    5. 5. USA Survey Results - Overall
    6. 6. USA Survey Results – Age 19-24
    7. 7. USA Survey Results • See more at: http://www.happycounts.org/ grossnationalhappinessindex/
    8. 8. Social Sustainability ???
    9. 9. Stress Sustainability Grades Mental Health Elitism Apathy Homework Student loans Affordability Time balance Social justice Physical Health Diversity Inequality Job Prospects Relationships
    10. 10. Learned Helplessness • Martin Seligman’s 1975 paper • “Learned helplessness is the condition of a human or animal that has learned to behave helplessly, failing to respond even though there are opportunities for it to help itself by avoiding unpleasant circumstances or by gaining positive rewards.” -- Seligman, M. E. P. (1975). Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman. • My experience in sustainability. • Sandra Steingraber: Well-informed futility
    11. 11. We are NOT helpless Let’s forget about the word “sustainability.” Let’s talk happiness.
    12. 12. Happiness Initiative @ U of M • Discussion groups • • • • Love Relationships Religion Meaning That didn’t work.
    13. 13. Happiness Initiative @ U of M, Version 2.0 • Interactive and activity-based discussion groups • • • Different people leading discussions Mix in social events Takeaways • • • • • Gratitude journals Random acts of kindness Meditation Physical activity Time balance + community vitality
    14. 14. • • • • Pursuit of Happiness Day – April 13 Earth Day – April 22 Part of a national movement April 2013 = MHappy Month! • Most stressful month of the year • A way to reach out to campus.
    15. 15. What Was It? Three main components: • Happy hours (a new kind) • Pre-exam stress relief/wellness • What Makes Life Worth Living Conference • Support/PR for other events • www.mhappy.org/events
    16. 16. Happy Hour • Happiness is not just about drinks and bars. • So much more than that. • Activities • • • • • Yoga Mediation Speakers Movie screenings Stress relief
    17. 17. How did this happen? • ~$6000 in funding • • Be resourceful. April = Towards end of fiscal year. • Find your natural allies…
    18. 18. Natural Allies
    19. 19. How did this happen? • ~$6000 in funding • • Be resourceful April = Towards end of fiscal year • Find your natural allies • We HAVE wellness teams and sustainability teams. • Breaking down “silos” • Support from The Happiness Initiative: http://www.happycounts.org/toolkits/
    20. 20. Lessons Learned • • • • Know how you like to create change. Follow your passion! Seek allies. Ask for help. Embody the message: Find your happy journey.
    21. 21. Final thoughts • Yes, we need second-order change. • We also need a new language. • We need… • • • • • Positivity Optimism Hope Love Interconnection
    22. 22. My Inspiration John de Graaf - Affluenza - Take Back Your Time - What’s the Economy for, Anyway? Laura Musikanski, JD MBA - DoShorts: How to Account for Sustainability - Sustainability Decoded: How to Unlock Profit Through the Value Chain
    23. 23. THANK YOU! Q&A www.mhappy.org www.happycounts.org Chirapon (Pete) Wangwongwiroj chirapon@umich.edu
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