Happiness week is under way

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The Center for Emergent Diplomacy in partnership with the City of Santa Fe, announces the launch of Happiness Santa Fe, an initiative that challenges the way we measure people’s well-being and success.
By using indicators that look at what makes people happy, our goal is to help policy makers in Santa Fe make better choices for its citizens.
Sustainable Happiness Week, which began April 13, runs through Saturday.
Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives will read the Mayoral Proclamation regarding the establishment of Pursuit of Happiness Day, and Sustainable Happiness Week in Santa Fe.
Many special events are planned to take place around Santa Fe in conjunction with the launch and with Sustainable Happiness Week, including the reading of a Mayoral Proclamation, Happiness Ambassadors at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, film screenings, and interactive art installations, musical performances and Happiness flash mobs, with more events to be announced.
A full calendar of events can be found at HappinessSantaFe.org.
Santa Fe businesses, cultural institutions, and community groups will also be creating “Happiness Happenings” which will spring up around the city to throughout the week engage citizens in activities and conversations centered on happiness, where they can take a popular well-being survey.
The survey contains questions in ten categories, including workplace satisfaction, physical health, relationships, and governance, as well as a question specific to Santa Fe.
The survey results will enable Santa Fe decision makers to better understand where people perceive themselves to be hurting and thriving. City officials have committed to use survey findings in setting priorities for future resource and fiscal allocation. The survey can be found at HappinessSantaFe.org.
The goals of Happiness Santa Fe are:
• Stimulate community participation.
• Facilitate the emergence of new insights and policies that help Santa Fe establish more appropriate measures of progress.
• Help city decision makers determine policies that respond to the real needs of Santa Feans.
• Generate a powerful, recognizable brand for Happiness Santa Fe.
• To help Santa Fe become a world leader in implementing comprehensive measurements of success based on happiness and well-being.
The Center for Emergent Diplomacy is a social profit 501(c)3 organization working in partnership with the City of Santa Fe to create the Happiness Santa Fe Initiative while providing leadership, tools, and project management to facilitate Santa Fe in becoming a Happiness City, linking citizen happiness and well being to public policy and decisions on spending priorities to become a world leader in changing the values upon which we base future development.