Noting the unique capacity of happiness to unify people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the United States, Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA) today announced open registration for its third annual International Day of Happiness Dinners project.
Dinner hosts are invited to hold their happiness events in private homes or public venues on or near March 20th, the annual United Nations International Day of Happiness. The shared meals and focused conversations are designed to celebrate happiness and deepen our understanding of the conditions that foster greater personal and community wellbeing.
“Given the divisiveness and intense debates which have embroiled America since the election, the 2017 Happiness Dinners are needed more than ever to underscore our common humanity,” noted Ginny Sassaman, President of GNHUSA. “We have conducted thousands of interviews across the United States in the last few years. Consistently, we find that everyone basically wants the same thing: happiness for our loved ones and ourselves. The Happiness Dinners provide a safe, delicious, and congenial format for sharing what matters most to each of us, and opportunities for listening with compassion and respect.”
How the dinners work: GNHUSA provides guidelines to everyone who registers as a dinner host. The guidelines include questions such as ‘What matters most in life?’ and ‘What is a compassionate response to people who express views different from your own?’ According to participants in previous years, these questions result in conversations that are both enjoyable and serious, touching on some of the most important issues of the day.