"If you want  others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."  This quote by the Dalai Lama truly captures the essence of Gross Global Happiness, an executive event that we hosted a couple weeks ago.  We began with the latest research from positive psychologists, helping to set the stage for the next two days of delving into the applications of what we've learned and are still discovering in the field of Happiness. 
 
The 45 participants of more than 14 different nationalities were reminded early on that, "It is  the guests who make the party" and in this case, that couldn't have been more true. We had NGO and corporate leaders, university professors, coaches, entrepreneurs and representatives from international organizations who had all prioritized this 3-day immersion experience. They brought their own frameworks and practices, providing the majority of the event's content in dynamic participant-led workshops, TED-style talks and unconferences (see the agenda here ).
 
Want a 10-second flavor of  the event? Watch t his video here from one of over 20 presentations  and mark your calendar to join us next year from March 6 - 8, 2020 at UPEACE!

What we're reading
Laughter. It's good for you! Laughing increases your oxygen supply and decreases stress, and studies even show that people are more creative after watching a comedy clip! So let your inner guffaw out and know that you're not just helping yourself, but your colleagues as well.
What we're doing:
The organization Gross National Happiness USA has put together a formula for hosting ' happiness dinners,' where friends and families gather for good food, and to give a little appreciation to what really matters in life. Often held on or around March 20th, the International Day of Happiness, these dinners can be offered anytime to turn your next gathering into a meaningful, uplifting event for your guests!
What we're inspired by:

"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." 

- Henry David Thoreau
The Centre's Team
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education 
University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations

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