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Happy Beyond GDP: Photo Competition Results

To mark the 50 year anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s speech, where he expressed the limitations of GDP in leading us to true prosperity, we asked you to get creative and share photos of what GDP fails to measure - or in other words, what makes you ‘happy beyond GDP’.

How Society Could Be Happier Beyond GDP: Video with Happy City

“If we use the wrong measures, we will strive for the wrong things” – Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Happy City hosted a webinar to mark International Day of Happiness and the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert Kennedy’s famous speech about the weaknesses of measuring societal progress only in terms of a growing economy. Check out the highlights and the full webinar video in this post.

International Day of Happiness: Share What Makes You Happy Beyond GDP

On 20th March it'll be International Day of Happiness. This March also marks 50 years since Robert Kennedy made a famous speech spelling out the inadequacy of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of societal progress, saying that, “it measures everything, in short, apart from that which makes life worthwhile”. In the lead up to International Day of Happiness, we will be joining together with Happy City to highlight how a fairer economy will lead to more happiness and wellbeing for all. We’d love you to be involved, including by entering a #HappyBeyondGDP photo competition and joining us at a free webinar on how society could be happier beyond GDP.

Celebrating International Day of Happiness

The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20th March as International Day of Happiness (IDH) in order to recognize, “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world”. To celebrate IDoH this year, we'd like to help to inspire you to create more happiness in your life and the lives of others! This blog post shares a summary of all activities.

‘Write Yourself Happy’ for International Day of Happiness

Germany has a Ministry of Happiness and Wellbeing, and it is run by the inspiring Gina Schöler. Gina previously blogged for us about the Ministry’s work and how it all got started. In this latest guest post she shares a brilliant new initiative running for International Day of Happiness 2017, called Write Yourself Happy.