Thursday, March 10, 2011
Seattle Area Happiness Initiative
Indicators used in the happiness index include material well-being, environmental quality, governance, education, community vitality, cultural vitality, psychological health, human health, and time balance.
The initiative is the pilot for the Gross National Happiness Index Program, which hopes to use Seattle as a model by creating a simple and approachable platform for other cities to use. The program not only includes the GNH survey but also objective metrics, tools for shared learning and improvement, processes for convening partners and an advisory board, and programs for engaging businesses and individuals.
If you would like to participate in the Gross National Happiness Index Program, you can take the survey on Sustainable Seattle's website. The survey focuses on nine domains of happiness: psychological well-being; physical health; time or work-life balance; social connection and community vitality; education; access to arts, culture and recreation; environmental quality and access to nature; good governance; and material well-being. Be a part of making our community a happier place!