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 http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/transitions/info-09-2010/all_the_lonely_people.html 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: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201302/can-happiness-be-genetic
This is a long quote, but if you have time, worth it. You can have someone from the audience read it.
Source: The Nation, Ribert Reice http://www.thenation.com/article/36893/unjust-spoils For National Wealth: top 20% own 84% of nations wealth http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html
Global Footprint network http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/footprint_for_nations/
Data Sources: CIA world factbook Life expectency https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2102rank.html best Japan, worst Angola, afganistan, Nigeria, Chad, Swaziland, Infant mortality https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html - best in monoco and singapore, sweden , japan woest Angola, Afghanistan, alger Obesity http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/worlds-fattest-countries-forbeslife-cx_ls_0208worldfat_2.html worst: Kuwait, not inlcluding islands of Tongu etc. OECD Factbook has US a fatest http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/social-issues-migration-health/oecd-factbook-2010/obesity_factbook-2010-87-en 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)
http://www.sustainableseattle.org/sahi/gnh-domains 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
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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
Happiness and Well-being:
A global movement - A local solution
What the Happiness Initiative is about:
A New Economic Paradigm
But how do we connect
Global Happiness Your Happiness
in today’s world where wealth, money and
consumption trump all?
What makes you happy?
compassion – mindfulness
in one word…others
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
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.
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.
Does money make us happy?
• GDP in the
US has more
• Adjusted per
since 1960 has
40 year study of nations across the globe
Up to a salary of
$75K for family of
four, long and short
increases a lot with
After a salary of
$75K, long term
marginal or non-
existent, short term
happiness do occur.
Unbalanced and Unfair
The United States has the widest
gap between rich and poor of any
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
How much do we need?
If everyone on earth consumed at the level of the United
States, we would need five to seven Planets.
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)
in the world in life expectancy
in the world in infant mortality
in the world in obesity
A happiness challenge
Global Happiness Your Happiness
with global action & personal action
building personal happiness building community happiness
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
Visit happycounts.org to take the
Gross National Happiness Index