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#MoreHappiness

Homelessness Poverty Education Loneliness Happiness Healthcare Safety-Standards Human-Rights Work/Life Balance Mental-Health The-Arts The-Environment Fair-Pay Affordable-Homes

These should not be an after-thought!

Imagine if societies leaders based decision making on the well-being of the people they represent, rather than on industrial output, profits and GDP

Its time for change and here's a big idea for how to make it happen!

read more below or jump directly to the Gatherings here

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Build the Movement


follow these steps and together we will build a world-wide Movement for a happier life for everyone!

March for More Happiness

Invite all your friends, tell everyone! this is the launch party of our new Movement. Starting in London on the 12th of August 2017, the theme is 'Participate simply by coming along and sharing something which makes others happier'. Simple and it guarantee's everyone coming will remain positive and have an excellent time

Whether you are an passionate cook, dancer, bubble blower or knitter. Come and share by teaching or demonstrating what you do with thousands of others, bringing awareness in the most enjoyable possible to a change that desperately society needs

Be Part of the Movement Building Team

Amazing, heroic people bring your skills and passion for change into the team and lets push until this idea snowballs into a Global Movement for positive change

Find the card in our Action Center, click 'Discuss' and say 'Hi', and find Resources and Missions
Already creating positive public action? simply add #MoreHappiness into your event description to show support for the movement and attract more people to your activity. You can also post it onto our map

The Plan: Happier

Support and join in the movement by simply doing something in public which makes the people nearby happier. No profit, no industrial output, but adding real value to the lives of those who you meet

teach or demonstrate a dance move. Bring your pet and a sign inviting the public to stroke them (if they will also enjoy that). Inviting people to blow bubbles. Juggling. Sharing a cake you baked. Also join the reddit thread to discuss action and share related studies, support each other around the world and track progress

The Plan: Pins

We will award a lapel pin to politicians at all levels who publicly agree to support the switch to a measure of well-being as the primary metric that decisions are weighed against, and ask people not to support anyone who isnt going to commit to improving their life-quality

Especially powerful at local government levels, where our organised groups can lobby and vote for only the candidates wearing our pins; sweeping away the resistance within any political party to our happiness Movement by removing their supporting foundations, until all parties have to support introducing a new way of measuring success

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How will these gatherings effectively achieve change around the world? What would be different in a society based on Well-being metrics

Fire Safety Standards

The tragic Grenfell fire in which 100+ people lost their lives would not have happened in a society where well-being was prioritised over GDP

The decision to let the industry self-regulate their own safety standards was made purely to increase industry profits (in the hope it would to encourage more building, and increase GDP)

Homelessness

The number of people sleeping on the streets involuntarily would not have doubled since 2010. The reason is, its simply not a priority for them. GDP and Industry is. -there is no magic money tree- except when it comes to 1bn given to the DUP to back them

20bn for Hinkely Point ..the power station most experts believe will produce power more expensively than investing in renewables. Bombs. There is always money for more bombs

Under the metric the Government is using homelessness and mental health are simply not important

Going Political?

People have asked whether Focallocal is risking becoming political with our Gather for More Happiness Movement. My thoughts are that its not politics, as we arent supporting any party. simply those who publicly state they will put improving life quality for all ahead of money. its just humanism

politicians can carry on arguing, and we will stick to uniting people to build change ourselves

Health Care

The U.S is locked in a battle to repeal the ACA, their guaranteed health care for those who cant afford private health care. The UK is deliberately under-funding our NHS to the point where nurses are having to use food banks. debts are spiralling from not training enough new staff, so hospitals have to pay huge rates to agency staff (at times paying 150 pounds an hour for agency nurses)

To anyone except the most generously minded it would look like deliberately pushing the NHS to fail so that the private sector can take over and reap massive profits. In our current system the health of the public is simply not a priority

Political Lies

Politicians lie. All the time. Political lobbying by the wealthy + big business means to get funding (and win) the interests they actually represent are often different to what would benefit the general public who vote for them ..so they lie

A well-being based society would be equipped to address and change this imbalance of power restoring democratic representation to the public

Education

Isnt it past time that the education system stopped creating mental health issues by placing children under insane levels of pressure with endless exams and targets, and instead started teaching children the skills they actually need to become capable, happy members of society?

for example; critical thinking, life-long learning, good mental health techniques, the value of being kind to each other, etc?

It wasnt designed for this!

Simon Kuznets, who in 1937 created the GDP + GNP metric stated "the welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined by the GDP". He never intended a limited single industry metric to be used by nations how it is today

Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary general, stated in 2012 that for too long the world has used Gross National Product and Gross Domestic Product (GNP + GDP) to measure well-being. Created in 1937 as a reaction to the turmoil of the great depression, GNP is useful for some things, but hopelessly limited

Equality

The elephant in the room. Many studies have shown that inequality is massively damaging to societies. Not whether the people are rich or poor, but the level of inequality is the root of almost all issues preventing harmonious, happy and healthy living

politicians are powerless to address this evidence while their party and careers are funded by donations from those most likely to be against taking action on this issue

More

There are countless other examples. head over to our Reddit thread to share and read more

Alternate Measures


GDP is a poor indicator of societies well-being. The ultimate goal in life for most is to be happier, and not wealthier. If the goal is to improve life-quality we need to base decision on an accurate metric. Here's a few

Gross National Happiness

In 1979 king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, said "We do not believe in Gross National Product. Gross National Happiness is more important"

Since then the nation has striven to measure and improve the happiness of its people. In 2010 they created the GNH Index, a set of measures the well-being of their people, and their leaders performance are measured against

The World Happiness Report

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels

The report continues to gain global recognition as governments, organisations and civil society begin using happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions

The results are based on many measures which are used to determine life satisfaction, economic growth, unemployment and inflation

OECD Better Life Index

There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics. This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life

The Happy Planet Index

An index of human well-being and environmental impact that was introduced by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in July 2006

The HPI index is designed to challenge well-established indices of countries development, such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which they consider ineffective, as the ultimate aim of most people is not to be rich, but to be happy and healthy

The Beyond GDP Paradigm

A paradigm shift is needed to a world governed by and for happiness, well-being, resilience and sustainability. The model encompasses a wide array of human needs (also extending that consideration to other species)

It is based on an understanding that a system must be equitable, without large gaps between rich and poor, and that it must be sustainable

The Genuine Progress Indicator

An effort to find a numeric alternative measure of wellbeing to replace GDP. First developed by Redefining Progress in 1996 the GPI is being used by the state government in Maryland and Vermont

The GPI data indicates that while GDP has risen substantially since the mid-1970s in the US, GPI has remained mostly flat and in some periods, fallen. The GPI takes GDP as a starting point and then adds positives while subtracting negatives from the total

CIW

Can we say that our lives have improved alongside economic growth? GDP is a number that tells us about one dimension of our wellbeing - our economy

The CIW partners GDP to provide Canadians with a fuller picture of wellbeing that measures real life, for real people, using eight domains that focus on key aspects of life and use them to measure what really matters

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index

The western world-view is dominated by notions of progress. Progress is about making life better. That is, improving quality of life and wellbeing. Indicators are crucial to such progress because we cannot know, as a society, whether quality of life is improving unless we can monitor and measure how it is changing

Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index

Decades of clinical research, health care leadership and behavioural economics expertise are used to track and understand the key factors that drive greater well-being for individuals and populations

Well-being includes five elements: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. Gallup interviews 500 people every day in the U.S