Dance Camp Presentati on Happiness2013


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A presentation for Dance Camp NW that focuses on the connection between personal happiness and global well-being and happiness.

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  • Money- Easterlin Paradox says 75K for family of 4, and more does not increase happiness that much, Work- meaningful and autonomy Community and engagement in democratic process arekey Data Source: Kessler Report on Depression. Source After going through this, talk about the role of gratitude in personal happiness
  • Give the audience 30 sec each to list (make sure they have paper and pen) 10 things that make you happy (just things) 10 people 10 activities After the listing, find out who could list 10 Ask what things came up, what people, what activities Link to scientific findings findings, our SAHI report, our DON report and the world happiness report
  • You can take people through a 2 minute loving kindness or breathing meditation here.
  • Research on the portions is emerging. Some say the set-point is 50%, with External 10% and Internal 40%, however, this may be an exaggeration of the lack of importance of external factionrs Source for About 1/3 of happiness is genetic – source:
  • This is a long quote, but if you have time, worth it. You can have someone from the audience read it.
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  • Source: The Nation, Ribert Reice For National Wealth: top 20% own 84% of nations wealth
  • Global Footprint network
  • Data Sources: CIA world factbook Life expectency best Japan, worst Angola, afganistan, Nigeria, Chad, Swaziland, Infant mortality - best in monoco and singapore, sweden , japan woest Angola, Afghanistan, alger Obesity worst: Kuwait, not inlcluding islands of Tongu etc. OECD Factbook has US a fatest The US is the only wealthy nation without : Paid Sick Days Paid holidays (none are required of employers) Paid Maternity Leave (with Swaziland, Liberia and Papua New Guinea). Most also offer paid leave for fathers. Paid Vacations (with Burma, Nepal, Suriname and Guyana)
  • Gross National Happiness Domains Psychological Well-Being Assesses 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 Health Measures the effectiveness of health policies, with criteria such as self-rated health, disability, patterns of risk behavior, exercise, sleep, nutrition, etc. Work/Time Balance The 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 Connection Focuses 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 Building Takes 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 Culture Evaluates 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 Nature Measures 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 Governance Assesses 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-Being Evaluates individual and family income, financial security, the level of debt, employment security, the quality of housing, etc . Work Experience Evaluates individual satisfaction with work
  • 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 Suggested donations: Small nonprofits, volunteer groups, student group  - $100 Small and med business, Campus - $200 City, town, library etc, medium NGO - $300 Large business or nonprofit – please contact us We will not refuse a referral code or unique URL to anybody because they can not pay
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  • State this: Imagine a world where all people, all beings were able to meet their basic needs No child died of starvation, all people had adequate nutrition. species of fish, birds, other animals or plants never faced extinction everyone had plenty of access to nature – and healthy air, healthy soil and water Where you could really say- this is a beautiful planet and beautiful tie to live – for me and for others. That is the world I want to live in, and I want my grandchildren/ the children of the world to grow up in.
  • Dance Camp Presentati on Happiness2013

    1. 1. Happiness and Well-being: A global movement - A local solution
    2. 2. What the Happiness Initiative is about: A New Economic Paradigm
    3. 3. But how do we connect Global Happiness Your Happiness in today’s world where wealth, money and consumption trump all?
    4. 4. What makes you happy? guided exercise
    5. 5. What makes you happy? gratitude giving compassion – mindfulness in one word…others
    6. 6. Conversation & Discussion In small groups, share where it is comfortable: What makes you happy? What comes up for you? Together choose one or two points to share in the larger group Come together to share one or two points from each group.
    7. 7. Some research indicates external is only 10%; other research indicates up to 33%. This field of research is in early stages; the issue is complicated and the determinates are interlinked.
    8. 8. Robert Kennedy on GDP Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.
    9. 9. Does money make us happy? • GDP in the US has more than tripled since 1950s. • Adjusted per capita GDP since 1960 has doubled since 2010 • Happiness has remained stagnant and even fallen
    10. 10. Easterlin Paradox 40 year study of nations across the globe Up to a salary of $75K for family of four, long and short term happiness increases a lot with more money After a salary of $75K, long term happiness increases are marginal or non- existent, short term increases in happiness do occur.
    11. 11. Unbalanced and Unfair The United States has the widest gap between rich and poor of any wealthy country. The Nation, Unjust Spoils, Robert Reich Share of annual national income earned by the top 1 % of Americans: 1980 8 percent 2010 24 percent Share earned by the bottom 50% 2010 20 percent
    12. 12. How much do we need? If everyone on earth consumed at the level of the United States, we would need five to seven Planets.
    13. 13. When money does the talking..The US is the only wealthy nation without laws requiring : – Paid Sick Days – Paid holidays – Paid Maternity Leave – Paid Vacations The US spends nearly twice per capita on healthcare than any other nation yet, according the CIA fact book, the US ranks (out of 150 countries) – 50th in the world in life expectancy – 46th in the world in infant mortality – 2nd in the world in obesity
    14. 14. Happiness Initiatives
    15. 15. Your Happiness Index
    16. 16. Scores for the over 25,000 people who have taken the GNH Index Our Nation’s Gross National Happiness Index
    17. 17. Five regrets of the dying
    18. 18. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
    19. 19. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
    20. 20. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
    21. 21. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
    22. 22. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
    23. 23. A happiness challenge Global Happiness Your Happiness with global action & personal action building personal happiness building community happiness to
    24. 24. How Happy Are You? Take the Gross National Happiness Index to find out. Use it as a guide to enhance your happiness and the well-being of others. Visit to take the Gross National Happiness Index