UW Bothell Happiness Talk Happiness Intiative2014ppt

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A talk to the University of Washington Bothell Campus on happiness, gross national happiness, sustainability and a new economic paradigm

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UW Bothell Happiness Talk Happiness Intiative2014ppt

  1. 1. Give a Happiness Talk How To for your happiness initiative happycounts.org
  2. 2. Introductions 1. Who you are (name, organization, position, where you are from) 2. What you want to get out of the training 3. Why happiness?
  3. 3. The more we get together, together, togetherThe more we get together, together, together The more we get together, the happier we’ll beThe more we get together, the happier we’ll be ‘cause your friends are my friends and my‘cause your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends,friends are your friends, The more we get together, the happier we’ll beThe more we get together, the happier we’ll be
  4. 4. My path to…My path to… cottage cottage industry industry mommom mba mba lawyer lawyer director of director of sustainability sustainability sustainable sustainable seattle seattle happiness happiness initiative initiative UNUN
  5. 5. What is Your Path to Happiness?What is Your Path to Happiness?
  6. 6. What makes you happy?What makes you happy? guided exerciseguided exercise thingsthings activitiesactivities peoplepeople
  7. 7. Material Well-BeingMaterial Well-Being Meaningful WorkMeaningful Work Social SupportSocial Support Democratic ProcessDemocratic Process GenerosityGenerosity ValuesValues FamilyFamily
  8. 8. Three things you can do forThree things you can do for your happiness:your happiness: GratitudeGratitude GivingGiving CompassionCompassion
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellenceToo much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our grossand community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollutionnational product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. Itand 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. Itcounts 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 incounts 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, andchaotic 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 riflearmored 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 orderand Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, theYet 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 thequality 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 ourbeauty 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 witpublic debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassionnor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our countrynor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America exceptAnd it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.why we are proud that we are Americans. - Robert Kennedy- Robert Kennedy
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. ...and what about the wealth of...and what about the wealth of our nation?our nation?
  14. 14. nothingnothing
  15. 15. The United States has the widest gap between rich and poor of any wealthy country. The Nation, Unjust Spoils, Robert Reich
  16. 16. A New Economic Paradigm 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
  17. 17. UN Resolution Towards a Holistic Approach to Sustainable Development
  18. 18. The spread of happiness United KingdomUnited Kingdom FranceFrance CanadaCanada BrazilBrazil AustraliaAustralia China…andChina…and herehere
  19. 19. Happiness Initiatives
  20. 20. Gross National Happiness - Material Wellbeing/Standard of Living - Work - Time Balance - Arts & Culture - Education - Environment - Governance - Health - Community - Social Support - Affect (feelings) - Satisfaction with Life - Psychological Wellbeing Domain icons by Joumana Medlej at majnouna.com
  21. 21. Your GNH Index Scores
  22. 22. Purpose of government & life Why measure happiness? Granularity and defining issues Capture the unobservable Perception of hurting or thriving A “guide societies toward desirable futures” in an experimenting society Inclusivity – you are the data
  23. 23. Time Balance In a typical week, how much of your time are you able to spend doing the kinds of things that you enjoy? None of my time Not much of my time Some of my time Most of my time All of my time
  24. 24. The US is the only wealthy nation without Paid Sick Leave Paid Vacation and Holidays Paid Maternity or Paternity Leave
  25. 25. Sick Leave Ordinances City of San Francisco- Ch. 12W of SF Administrative Code in Paid Sick Leave Ordinance includes part time and temp workers City of Seattle ordinance 123698 – municipal code for paid sick leave and paid safe time
  26. 26. Environment How satisfied with you are the efforts being made to preserve the natural environment in your neighborhood. Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied nor Dissatisfied Satisfied Very Satisfied
  27. 27. Wanted: Five to Seven Planets If everyone on Earth consumed at the same level of the U.S
  28. 28. Bhutan’s Constitution: Preservation of the Natural Environment 60% natural habitat 40% development Bhutan’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy of 2010 - encourages the development of an environmentally friendly, sustainable economy
  29. 29. Parking Days
  30. 30. Pop-Up Parks
  31. 31. Satisfaction with Life Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to ten at the top. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible. If the top step is 10 and the bottom step is 0, on which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
  32. 32. Overall Satisfaction with Life
  33. 33. 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.
  34. 34. Mindfulness training Mindfulness programs at Apple, McKinstry Co. Proctor & Gamble, General Mills, Aetna & Google (“Search Inside Yourself”) Seahawks Super bowl 2014
  35. 35. What you can do Take the GHN Index How Happy Are YOU? Find out Use the GNH Index for your project, city, community, campus or company happycounts.org Questions, comments, requests: info@happycounts.org
  36. 36. Exercise: What is Your Path to Happiness?Exercise: What is Your Path to Happiness? 5 min reflection, share stories for no more than 5 min5 min reflection, share stories for no more than 5 min
  37. 37. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You may use, adapt and copy all material here as long as you: - Give attribution to The Happiness Initiative and those attributed in this work -Do not use for commercial purposes - Share your work To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.

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