About the Happiness Alliance
The Happiness Alliance is a nonprofit providing tools, resources and knowledge, including the Happiness Index for free use. Our mission is to awaken happiness in all beings. We envision a world where all being flourish. Do you?
In 2012, the Nevada City council conducted a happiness initiative and used the gross national happiness index to engage residents in crafting city policy. They worked with local high school students to conduct outreach, resulting in a community-rooted learning experiences for the youth and the community.
The Seattle Area Happiness Initiative was the first project of the Happiness Alliance. It uses the Gross National Happiness Index to gather data for the Seattle area and worldwide. The report includes subjective (survey-based) and objective indicators. It was released in 2011 to the Seattle City Council and used to inform budgeting decisions. The Gross National Happiness Index is directly inspired by Bhutan and was first issued as Sustainable Seattle's fifth set of sustainability indicators in 2010 for use by communities, cities, campuses and companies worldwide.
Seattle Area Happiness Report Card 2011PDF
The Seattle Happiness Report Card 2011 contains subjective and objective data, analysis and recommendations to local policy makers. The survey based data is from a convenience sampling of over 2,000 area residents and is compared to data gathered from over 7,000 people worldwide. You can find it online at http://www.happycounts.org/wp-system/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/Seattle-Happiness_Report_Card-2011.pdf
Seattle City Council Happiness ProclamationPDF
- Seattle Area Happiness Report Card 2011PDF
The Gross National Happiness Index is often used by cities, campuses, communities, companies and other groups to assess their area or group's well-being.