Re-posted: Let’s make Friday, April 13, 2012, Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday, the Pursuit of Happiness Day. It was Jefferson and Ben Franklin that Championed the debate on “pursuit of property” or “pursuit of happiness” in the US Constitution – PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WON! The present days push by Bhutan deserves amplification.
We had this originally on April 8, 2012.
THIS FROM GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS USA – www.gnhusa.org :
- Gross National Happiness
- Pursuit of Happiness Day
- GNH Happiness Survey 2011
- About GNHUSA
- What is GNH?
- Conference June 2010
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- Working Groups
- Test your Happiness
- GNH Quotes
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- GNH Blog
WHAT? The United States Declaration of Independence contains the famous promise of “…unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” What is happiness? What is the pursuit of happiness? What can we do to increase personal happiness and the happiness of our communities?
When? Friday, April 13, 2012 is Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday. We can thank Jefferson and Ben Franklin for winning the debate about whether to write “pursuit of property” or “pursuit of happiness”.
Where? Everywhere! Colleges, Schools, Communities, Town squares, Parks, Places of Worship, Hospitals, your workplace, anywhere!
Who? Anyone can organize events and discussions in their local area. Talk to the schools, talk to community groups, University faculty and students, anyone.
Program? Think of Pursuit of Happiness Day like the first Earth Day – a chance for the people to talk about and discuss our futures and how to build more happiness into that future.
Videos and Films
Music, singing, drumming circles
Cooperative Games for all ages
Dance – circle dances, have fun
Running, walking or bicycling, swimming, skiing events
Yoga in the park
Poetry Slams, readings, post poems around town or campus
Art, public art, spontaneous art
Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, media
Make videos and share them
Cherish the environment – cleanups, improvements, gardens for all
For example, we imagine that universities and schools can provide programs that bring many perspectives to the pursuit of happiness. Psychology Departments can lead discussions on Positive Psychology research, Philosophy Departments can provide discussions on the meaning of happiness through the centuries, Economics Departments can discuss happiness economics, Management Departments can discuss happiness in the workplace, Literature Departments can provide readings, Environmental Studies Departments can discuss how closer relationships with nature nurtures happiness, Social Work Departments can discuss research on how volunteering improves community and individual well-being, Art Departments can assign projects which can be displaced on POH Day, science departments canand on and on.
Any individual or organization can organize events in their living rooms or big auditoriums or in Parks. Just do it! Use social media to coordinate and advertise when and where.
Let’s all make Pursuit of Happiness Day a great moment for the good and happiness of all, for the people, for the planet. Let’s choose happiness together!