What we want
GHO's work aims to scientifically increase happiness and reduce suffering in the world. Below are the current goals and objectives that we have achieved on a global level.
Current objectives on global level
- To get the UN to include the measure of happiness and well-being in their reports on human development
- To make the in vitro meat (lab grown meat) a reality and available to consumers. People would then be able to continue to consume animal products , while greenhouse gases are minimized and animal suffering is eliminated
Achievements on global level
- 2012: The first global happiness report sees the light of day. The report is published on the UN Conference on Happiness on April 2nd
- 2012: All UN member countries agree to establish an international day focusing on well-being and happiness - and to call for action for a happier world
Examples of objectives on national levels
- Introduce happiness-promoting education in schools. This can be done by supplementing teaching with a new life skill subject, where students learn what are essential ingredients in creating better conditions for a happy life. (Sweden)
- Introduce regular measures of the happiness of the population. Measuring something makes us take it more seriously and it is by means of measurements that we can determine whether things are moving in a positive or negative direction. (Sweden)
- Offer online therapy to the country’s residents. Studies have shown that internet therapy in many cases is as effective as psychotherapy for depression and anxiety disorders, but considerably cheaper. By offering this to as many as possible, it may free more resources for those who need traditional therapies , such as psychotherapy and medication. (Sweden)
Examples of achievements on national levels
- 2012, Sweden: GHO's happiness expert Filip Fors releases an independent report to the Swedish government’s foresight commission, which highlights new alternative welfare measures with a focus on people's happiness and subjective quality of life.
- 2009, Sweden: Sweden gets its first happiness blog when GHO launches Lyckobloggen.se. At Lyckobloggen.se a number of happiness experts disseminate the latest research on how people can improve their own quality of life - and the quality of life of others. The blog quickly attracts a large number of people.
- 2008, UK: The first happiness debate in the British Parliament, initiated by Britain's Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats were previously represented at GHO's happiness conference in Sweden which may have had some impact on them.
- 2007, Sweden: The first Swedish parliamentary bill on getting happiness research into politics – an initiative launched after GHO's intensive lobbying of Swedish parliamentarians.