One World Initiative

2014-15 Theme: Global Perspectives on Happiness

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The theme for the 2014-15 academic year was Global Perspectives on Happiness.

What defines happiness and how do culture, environment, and history affect that definition? Is happiness physiological or psychological? Will money really not bring you happiness? How is happiness reflected in a society’s creative output? How important is happiness to society and what are the consequences of its absence?                                      

Gross National Happiness is a measure of the well-being of a nation and is a function of various factors including economic wellness, environmental wellness, physical wellness, mental wellness, workplace wellness, social wellness, and political wellness. Studies have shown that happiness has increased in most countries over the past decade but also that there are great differences between nations.

What makes you happy?

The Sacramento State community was invited to participate in the 2014-15 theme "Global Perspectives on Happiness" through inclusion of the theme in courses, public events, and student activities.