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For Immediate Release: 
May 1, 2019

Contact: Paula Francis

Media Advisory

Gross National Happiness USA’s 10,000-mile Happiness Walk to conclude this year

Seven-year research project to conclude in Boston, Massachusetts

May 1, 2019

(Salt Lake City, Utah) – After seven years, the Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA) Happiness Walk and Research Project is coming to a conclusion. Starting May 15th, GNHUSA Co-Founder and President Paula Francis will lead the final 3,000 miles of the Happiness walk from Salt Lake City, Utah all the way to Boston.

The happiness walk is a 10,000-mile walk across the country that has focused on interviewing Americans about their conception of happiness. Over 2,000 interviews have been conducted up to this point and are being analyzed by researchers at the University of Vermont to identify what contributes to societal well-being.

Results of the report will be published to support the growing literature of happiness economics, a branch of economics rooted in the well-being of individuals. These results are geared towards informing policy makers so public policy can fulfill the goal of improving subjective well-being.

“We walk because the policies and practices of our systems, institutions and our government ought to support and uphold our basic right, and that of future generations: the pursuit of happiness,” said Francis.

The Happiness Walk has received coverage in outlets such as on Today, Hallmark, Live Happy Magazine, and state publications in Arizona, Louisiana, and Vermont. Media representatives are invited to join the walk to capture it in progress. View route map and current schedule here.

Gross National Happiness USA is a grassroots, national network of advocates that work to increase economic, environmental and societal justice by conducting research, measuring what matters, educating the public and policy-makers about practical and positive frameworks for decision-making, and advocating for practices and policies that support the conditions of happiness in the United States.

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