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The 8,000 mile question, “What matters most in life?”

Happiness Walker

Paula Francis

Crossing a big country with walking shoes and a recorder, Paula Francis is researching and reporting on happiness by interviewing thousands of people during the 8,000-plus mile Happiness Walk.

She walks to tap the innate wisdom of those she meets ‘on the road’ and to ultimately align policies of our systems, institutions and our government with a newly defined set of values. “We ought to uphold our basic right – and that of future generations – to the pursuit of happiness. When our measures of progress and success are not aligned with our values, individuals, our humanity, and the planet suffer,” she says.

2018 Walk continued in Hawaii then onto Seattle

Paula Francis and fellow walkers resumed the Happiness Walk in Hawaii before venturing north from Petaluma, CA arriving in Seattle, WA by mid May.

View current Route Map and Walking Schedule

Happiness Walk and research project stats through 2016

Miles Walked
Days on the road
States traveled
Fellow Walkers
Lodging Hosts


The Happiness Walk has discovered that, contrary to what we may hear in traditional media, we are mostly very much alike – we value the same things!


👣  People have deep wisdom to share,
👣  Most of us are seeking unification,
👣  Listening is as important as the answers, and
👣  Most agree we can do better to support what we value.

Stay tuned in as we are currently analyzing thousands of these interviews from people all across the country to uncover our core common values.

Happiness Walk Video Highlights

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