Vermont Happiness Study 2017


The Vermont Happiness Survey is based on four decades of development of well-being, happiness and quality of life measures from around the globe. The term “Gross National Happiness” was coined by the King of Bhutan in the 1970’s in reaction to the utilization of “Gross National Product”, or “Gross Domestic Product” economic measures of wellbeing. Canadian researchers Martha and Michael Pennock are credited with developing early versions of a Happiness survey that were implemented in Bhutan, the Canadian province of British Columbia and in Brazil. Today in the United States, two organizations have emerged to advocate for Happiness and Wellbeing, generally, and for the incorporation of Happiness metrics into more traditional measures of community wellbeing and sustainability, specifically. Each of these organizations have contributed to the Vermont Happiness Study. The Happiness Alliance is “inspired by Bhutan” and was “spun-off” of Sustainable Seattle’s sustainability indicators project in 2012. The Happiness Alliance is a not-for-profit entity that, as a part of its work, helps communities access and utilize the Gross National Happiness Index in sustainability metrics projects. The Vermont Happiness Study is grateful to have been able to partner with the Happiness Alliance to utilize the Gross National Happiness Index as a foundation for our research. Gross National Happiness USA formed in 2009 after a group of happy Vermonters attended a happiness research conference in Bhutan. This VT-based, National organization seeks to “Increase personal happiness and collective wellbeing by changing how we measure progress and success”. They advance this mission through a variety of outreach activities including the Happiness Walk and Happiness Dinners, convening National happiness conferences, speaking about happiness and wellbeing metrics at events and in organizations, and through their financial support in implementing the 2013 and 2017 Vermont Happiness Studies. The Vermont Happiness Study is also supported in part by the Vermont State Data Center and Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont. The VT State Data Center is a data resource for Vermonters, providing assistance with accessing and using a variety of data sources relevant to Vermont. These organizations see the value in supporting the development of holistic indicators that balance and enrich standard population indicators ...

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