New organization wants to increase happiness in the US - starts by handing out $5 bills to random people


Submitted by james.evans@gl… on Thu, 2012-08-16 23:13

New organization wants to increase happiness in the US
- starts by handing out $5 bills to random people

On August 20th, the Swedish based Global Happiness Organization (GHO) will launch their operations in the US. It is their latest step towards becoming a world-wide organization. They will begin by handing out $5 bills to random people on the street; one which they should spend on themselves and one which they should spend on somebody else.

“We want people to realize that giving to someone else actually increases your well-being more than buying things for yourself”, said James Evans, President of GHO US.

The US branch will initially focus on defining a happiness agenda – which will focus on well-being in the richest sense of the term – to educate both the public and policymakers alike.

“There is a huge opportunity to achieve success in the US. A few years ago President Barack Obama nominated political economist and happiness researcher Alan B. Krueger as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for economic policy. Senior officials, including Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, have remarked that the promotion of well-being is the ultimate objective of our policy decisions”, said Ludvig Lindström, President of GHO.

James Evans said, “We will concentrate on trying to inform public policy through the use of scientific research into happiness. We will also try to get the government to complement GDP with an additional happiness index that will continually measure citizens’ subjective well-being.”

Contacts:
Ludvig Lindström, President GHO, +46 704 417188
James Evans, President GHO US, 919-926-8558

The money campaign
Where: Weaver Street, Carrboro
Date and time: August 20th at 6 pm

More information:
www.globalhappiness.com/us

About Global Happiness Organization (GHO)
Global Happiness Organization (GHO) is a scientifically-based, nonprofit organization that aims to promote happiness and reduce suffering worldwide.