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Happiness Movement - The Why Where Who How for a new economic paradigm

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The Why Where Who & How of the Happiness Movement. Tools and Resources for social change and a new economic paradigm.

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Happiness Movement - The Why Where Who How for a new economic paradigm

  1. 1. why measure happiness
  2. 2. imagine if…
  3. 3. Sustainability Healthy Ecosystems Social Justice Economic Fairness Happiness & Wellbeing Sustainability Healthy Ecosystems Social Justice Economic Fairness Happiness & Wellbeing GDP Economic Growth Wealth Accumulatio n Stuff & Status GDP Economic Growth Wealth Accumulatio n Stuff & Status Kasser & Ryan, 1993 & Dittmar, Bond, Hurst & Kasser, 2014
  4. 4. Gross Domestic ProductGross Domestic Product What GDP counts: + goods and services sold + oil spills, natural and manmade disasters + illness and death + divorce + accidents What GDP does not count: - time with friends & family - volunteering, participating in democratic process - gardening, educating yourself - walking for exercise the sum of all good and services produced in a year
  5. 5. Does GDP make us happy? GDP in the US has more than tripled since 1950s. Adjusted per capita GDP since 1960 has doubled since 2010 Happiness hasremained stagnant and even fallen
  6. 6. Easterlin Paradox 40 year study of nations across the globe
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. a sustainable equitable resilient healthy happy future
  9. 9. Measurements Matter
  10. 10. Answer: it already has Answer: it already has …by nation…by nation Can Happiness be Measured? Can Happiness be Measured?
  11. 11. Can Happiness be Measured? Can Happiness be Measured? Answer: YESAnswer: YES OECD’s Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well- being which documents the validity and the status of happiness measurements. OECD’s Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well- being which documents the validity and the status of happiness measurements.
  12. 12. Where…is happiness measured?
  13. 13. Bhutan Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product Jigme Singye Wangchuk King of Bhutan 1972
  14. 14. Where Gross National Happiness Started
  15. 15. Genesis of the Nine Domains of GNH Subjective and Objective indicators Equal Weighting of Domains
  16. 16. Bhutan’s GNH report 2010What can Subjective and Objective Indicators tell us? In the state of Gasa, people perceive themselves to have a similar standard of living to those in Thimphu while the per capita income is lower.
  17. 17. What can Subjective and Objective Indicators tell us? Few have perceive themselves to have a good understanding of climate change, and the majority of waste disposal is through burning
  18. 18. Bhutan rates individuals by sufficiency
  19. 19. GNH Policy Screening Tool rating of at least 3x number of applicable factors for approval by GNH Commission some of the factors used for joining WTO decision
  20. 20. Brazil where academics, grassroots activism and policy meet
  21. 21. Video of Felicidade Nacional Bruta in Itapetininga, Brazil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPeNwH3ax-c&feature=youtu.be
  22. 22. UK UK Office of Statistics
  23. 23. “To those who say this sounds like a distraction from the serious business of government, I say finding out what will improve lives and acting on it is the serious business of government. "We'll continue to measure gross domestic product. But it is high time we admitted that, taken on its own, GDP is an incomplete way of measuring a country's progress.” – Prime Minister David Cameron
  24. 24. The spread of happiness
  25. 25. Surveyed 165,000 people between April 2011 and March 2012
  26. 26. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness an essay on how countries are measuring happiness http://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/jsc/vol8/iss1/5/ More about where… Happiness in Public Policy an essay on how happiness is used to guide policy http://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/jsc/vol6/iss1/5/
  27. 27. Who’s Who
  28. 28. Martin Seligman U of Penn Authentic Happiness Center
  29. 29. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi With Seligman – fathers of positive psychology movement
  30. 30. Sonja Lyubomirsky Psychology Professor
  31. 31. The Stiglitz Report with Sen & Fitoussi Former Chief Economist for World Bank Joseph Stiglitz
  32. 32. British Economist Inspiration for UK Government Founder of Actions for Happiness Richard Layard
  33. 33. Economist Columbia U Earth Institute World Happiness Report UN’s MDG Goals Jeffrey Sacks
  34. 34. Dr. Happiness – Psychologist Advisor to Gallup Researcher Ed Diener
  35. 35. Economist at University BC Canada’s National Stats Council John Helliwell
  36. 36. How…is happiness measured?
  37. 37. Measuring Happiness an essay about the international institutions measuring happiness http://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/jsc/vol7/iss1/3/ More about how…
  38. 38. More tools, knowledge and resources www.happycounts.org/happy-community-toolkit.html
  39. 39. thank you!
  40. 40. Join the Happiness Revolution happycounts.org

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