On June 30th, GNHUSA was an honored and enthusiastic participant in an exciting new international, collaborative effort to advance the happiness movement: The Happiness Roundtable. Founded and curated by Paul Rogers and Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the Happiness Alliance, the first roundtable included 3 remarkable hours of international conversation — from Seattle to Australia to Bhutan, Italy, England onto Vermont, New Mexico and more — re building a common happiness agenda, strategies that have been successful, building a grassroots movement, and the principles underlying all our work.
From that conversation, Laura and Paul pulled together a beautiful and inspiring document, “Happiness Roundtable Recommendations.” To give you just a taste, the Recommendations begin: “We align with a growing body of evidence that recognizes the planet’s climate and natural capital are gravely and irreversibly threatened by economic policies that prioritise wealth accumulation over natural and social systems. We believe Bhutan’s concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and the knowledge of indigenous peoples around the world offer solutions to global and local problems. In this belief we know that generosity, compassion and kindness are as much born to us as competitiveness, greed and hierarchy, and that what we practice directly relates to who we are and the future of life on our planet.”
Read the full document here.
You can also watch videos of the participants, described as “Activists Providing Solutions For Happiness, Well-Being & Sustainability.” They included Dr. Saamdhu Chetri, who founded the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan and led it for five years; Alex Nunn, a facilitator with Action for Happiness; Stefano Bartolini, a professor of Economics at the University of Siena; the co-convenors, Laura and Paul; and, I am honored to say, myself, as a representative of GNHUSA. For a full list of the first Roundtable participants and their key ideas for building the happiness movement, click here.