How to Conduct A Happiness Initiative and use the Happiness Index Happiness Leadership Training

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  • How to Conduct a Happiness Initiative & use the Happiness Index

  • How to use this How To GuideThis guide sets out a plan for using the Happiness Index in your city, community, country or campus. The Happiness Index can also be used to measure the impact of an intervention, raise awareness, gather data for research, for clients, etc.This How To is not prescriptive be as creative or adaptive as fits your needs.

  • A Few Ways To Use the Happiness Index

  • Company to monitor impacts of interventions or tract employee satisfaction alongside productivity and other metrics. Project Managers to monitor outcomes of a project using the survey before and after.Nonprofits for awareness raising & engagement.

  • Conduct a Happiness InitiativeOR

  • Know your purpose Inspire conversation - revitalizing and reframing debate to provoke richer and broader local and national conversations about all of the components of progress.

    Use of a GNH Index by government and other decision makers - to encourage and support better local and national policies to build and sustain better lives for current and future generations.*

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  • Tip:start small

  • Using the Happiness Index happycounts.orgStep 1: create your personal profile

  • Step 2: create your group

  • Step 3: Invite people to your group

  • Step 4: Download your groups datayou can download data for your group once at least 5 people have taken your survey

    you get averages for domains & comparisons to all survey takersgroup results

  • Option: Add your own questionsyou can add your own questions to the survey and gather results once at least 5 people have taken your survey

  • Option: Data dive allows you access to your data by demographics for domains or questions and the full data set

  • About the GNH Index...Methodology for the Happiness Indexhttp://happycounts.org/for-researchers.html

  • The Happiness Initiative logo for you to use for your happiness initiative

    logo can be saved as image *

  • Please keep your survey online indefinitely! Allowing people continual access to a personal assessment of their own well-being is an important aspect of the happiness movement

    Research: The survey can not be conducted in an exclusive manner or for commercial purposes. If you are seeking to conduct the survey for a research project, you must contact us first for permission, The survey may not be used for any commercial purpose

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  • getting the word outA few words about

  • Blog& other social media

  • Community Meetings& just talking to people!

  • Post-its + Pens + Pictures + Posting Do A Happy Post Projectsearch online: Mario Chomorro Happy Post Project

  • Radio InterviewsMedia loves happinessBe clear on message

  • The GNH Index is available in hard copy online to download *

  • A ProclamationCity Council, Mayor, College Presidents issue proclamationsdraft language for a proclamation see below, the notes for this slide is helpful to your happiness initiativeso may others

    (Name of City, Campus or Organization) Happiness ProclamationWHEREAS, The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed with unalienable rights among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the happiness, or well-being, of citizens is of utmost importance to the ( ); andWHEREAS The United Nations resolution adopted July 19, 2011 Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development recognizes that the gross domestic product indicator by nature was not designed to and does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people in a country and encourages additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being;WHEREAS, ( ) understands that the welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measure of national income, as stated by Simon Kuznets, who created the standard that became GDP;WHEREAS The idea of measuring peoples happiness or satisfaction with the way their lives are going is an important tool that will help to create a just, sustainable and resilient society; WHEREAS ( ) understands the importance of creating a broad assessment of the happiness of its (residents) (student body);

    WHEREAS The Happiness Alliances Happiness Index provide valuable data and information about the well-being and happiness of our (city) (campus); andWHEREAS, ( ) is known for its leadership and innovation in the continuing effort to promote the happiness of all peoples; andWHEREAS, The ( ) acknowledge our role and responsibility for the happiness and well-being of our community; NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed by the ( ) The ( ) supports the concept of wider measures of well-being to guide public policy and allocation of resources.The ( ) encourages people and organizations to participate in The Happiness Index and encourages efforts to conduct a random sampling of our population to ensure representation of the population. The ( ) is looking forward to seeing the results of the Happiness Index. The ( ) encourages the commencement of local town meetings in town halls, community centers, and other public gathering spaces in neighborhoods, where our community revitalizes and reframes the debate and provokes richer broader conversation on a local and national level about subjective and objective metrics. The ( ) intends to consult the available Happiness Index data and reports on the issues and ideas raised our community at the town meetings and other activities exploring happiness and well-being. The ( ) will participate in the town meetings and support activities as is feasible to foster the exploration and conversation about sustainability, resilience, happiness and well-being. Signed on this day ______________________ at ________________________

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  • DRAFT PRESS RELEASE This draft press release is provided as a suggestion only, and for your convenience. Each happiness initiatives press release will be different based on the circumstances and needs of the community. Issue your press release 72 and 24 hours prior to your event, and early in the morning so the journalists, radio talk show host, TV reporters and area bloggers get it first thing when they get in. You will need to collect their contact information prior to issuing your press release. Your press release is only as good as your contact information. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Day, Month, Numerical day, Year(PROJECT NAME) HAPPINESS INITIATIVE LAUNCHES CONTACTS:

    Name, Title, Organization, Phone, EmailYOUR CITY OR TOWN NAMECan you measure happiness? (Your Project Name) thinks so. In association with (List project partners), it is releasing the first comprehensive survey of happiness in this region, as part of the (Name of your project). Need Statement: Use a quote from a local leader here about the need for the project. Here is the quote we used. Note about quotes: The most efficient way to get quotes is to interview the candidate, then derive a quote from the interview that they then can edit. You are less likely to get the quote you need if you simply ask for a quote stating the need, etc. "You get what you measure," says Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien. "For too long we've measured the wrong thingsGross Domestic Product doesn't tell us whether we have a good quality of life or a sustainable society. This survey, which includes nine domains of well-being, not just income,is a good way to start measuring the important things we care about, so we can actually achieve them."Project Description: Use a quote from your project lead or another person on your team. Were thrilled to take the lead in this exciting project, adds (Project Lead). We hope the (your area) Happiness Initiative leads to positive action for greater happiness, social justice, and both economic and environmental health. The Gross National Happiness Index is now online at (your website). Anyone may take the survey and receive an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of the ten domains of happiness identified by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; work experience, education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being. The survey takes a holistic approach to well-being and asks poignant questions that allow reflection and insight. Motivation Quote. You can use this one from the Happiness Initiative, or supply your own from a community member. It takes about 12 minutes to complete, says Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the Happiness Initiative, a national project. But youll find its worth the time because it really makes you think about your life and how to improve it. Its part of an exciting new effort to add quality of life and sustainability to our assessments of progress. Its being used in many countries now, but this is the first opportunity for Americans to take the survey. The results will be useful to individuals, organizations and policy makers who want to base their efforts to increase well-being on solid science and comprehensive information.Supporting Quote: This quote shows support from important organizations that are members of the team. The survey is critical for all of our actions to promote happiness and compassion for everyone in our region, adds Board Chairperson of (Name of an Organization) Name. We are delighted to support this vitally important project.To learn more and get involved with (project name) email (email address) sign up for timely updates and information on Twitter, (twitter account) or sign up for our newsletter at (newsletter sign up link). And take the survey now at: Your WebsiteBOILERPLATE HERE- about your organization. *

  • DRAFT PRESS RELEASE This draft press release is provided as a suggestion only, and for your convenience. Each happiness initiatives press release will be different based on the circumstances and needs of the community. Issue your press release 72 and 24 hours prior to your event, and early in the morning so the journalists, radio talk show host, TV reporters and area bloggers get it first thing when they get in. You will need to collect their contact information prior to issuing your press release. Your press release is only as good as your contact information. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Day, Month, Numerical day, Year(PROJECT NAME) HAPPINESS INITIATIVE LAUNCHES CONTACTSName, Title, Organization, Phone, EmailYOUR CITY OR TOWN NAMECan you measure happiness? (Your Project Name) thinks so. In association with (List project partners), it is releasing the first comprehensive survey of happiness in this region, as part of the (Name of your project). Need Statement: Use a quote from a local leader here about the need for the project. Here is the quote we used. Note about quotes: The most efficient way to get quotes is to interview the candidate, then derive a quote from the interview that they then can edit. You are less likely to get the quote you need if you simply ask for a quote stating the need, etc. "You get what you measure," says Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien. "For too long we've measured the wrong thingsGross Domestic Product doesn't tell us whether we have a good quality of life or a sustainable society. This survey, which includes nine domains of well-being, not just income,is a good way to start measuring the important things we care about, so we can actually achieve them.Project Description: Use a quote from your project lead or another person on your team. Were thrilled to take the lead in this exciting project, adds (Project Lead). We hope the (your area) Happiness Initiative leads to positive action for greater happiness, social justice, and both economic and environmental health. The Happiness Index is now online at (your website). Anyone may take the survey and receive an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of the ten domains of happiness identified by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; work experience, education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being. The survey takes a holistic approach to well-being and asks poignant questions that allow reflection and insight. Motivation Quote. You can use this one from the Happiness Initiative, or supply your own from a community member. It takes about 12 minutes to complete, says Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the National Happiness Alliance. But youll find its worth the time because it really makes you think about your life and how to improve it. Its part of an exciting new effort to add quality of life and sustainability to our assessments of progress. Its being used in many countries now, but this is the first opportunity for Americans to take the survey. The results will be useful to individuals, organizations and policy makers who want to base their efforts to increase well-being on solid science and comprehensive information.Supporting Quote: This quote shows support from important organizations that are members of the team. The survey is critical for all of our actions to promote happiness and compassion for everyone in our region, adds Board Chairperson of (Name of an Organization) Name. We are delighted to support this vitally important project.To learn more and get involved with (project name) email (email address) sign up for timely updates and information on Twitter, (twitter account) or sign up for our newsletter at (newsletter sign up link). And take the survey now at: Your WebsiteBOILERPLATE HERE- about your organization. # # #Draft language for your press release here also, for you to cut, paste and adopt for your Happiness Initiatives press release

    DRAFT PRESS RELEASE This draft press release is provided as a suggestion only, and for your convenience. Each happiness initiatives press release will be different based on the circumstances and needs of the community. Issue your press release 72 and 24 hours prior to your event, and early in the morning so the journalists, radio talk show host, TV reporters and area bloggers get it first thing when they get in. You will need to collect their contact information prior to issuing your press release. Your press release is only as good as your contact information. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Day, Month, Numerical day, Year(PROJECT NAME) HAPPINESS INITIATIVE LAUNCHES CONTACTS:

    Name, Title, Organization, Phone, EmailYOUR CITY OR TOWN NAMECan you measure happiness? (Your Project Name) thinks so. In association with (List project partners), it is releasing the first comprehensive survey of happiness in this region, as part of the (Name of your project). Need Statement: Use a quote from a local leader here about the need for the project. Here is the quote we used. Note about quotes: The most efficient way to get quotes is to interview the candidate, then derive a quote f...

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