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Pete' AASHE presentation on social sustainability and happiness

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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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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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