Happiness Walk USA

$4,269 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 62 people in 53 months
Exciting News! We are really close to analyzing the interviews from the first half of the Walk to learn what matters most to people! We just need $4,500 more so we can get this information out to YOU and BEYOND! There is a hopeful and helpful story to tell. We have more in common than you think. Please consider a donation to this very timely and important project. THANK YOU!

A project of Gross National Happiness USA  - a 501(c)(3) -  all donations go to the walk via GNHUSA and are tax deductible.

Traversing a big country with walking shoes and an audio recorder, reporting on happiness and what matters most in life.

- Paula Francis, along with others who join her, is walking  9,000+ miles around the United States.- She collects and share stories about happiness from the thousands of people she meets along the way.
- GNHUSA believes this information must be central to the work of our governing and economic systems. 
- The Happiness Walk inspires and empowers local action to create greater happiness and wellbeing for people, animals and the planet!

The Happiness Walk  raises awareness about the personal and societal benefits of focusing on what matters most in life. Among the things that people consistently say matters are family, relationships, caring for others, God and faith, health, education, freedom, opportunity, nature, animalss and more.

This is not necessarily surprising, BUT IMAGINE if this collective wisdom drove policy.  Imagine if our common values were embedded in our social, economic, and environmental systems.

Happy people strengthen families, communities, businesses and government. It is the purpose of our institutions to serve our collective wellbeing so let's bring them into alignment with our values.

The walk has covered over 6,000 miles, from Montreal, Quebec south to Florida, west to Santa Monica, CA, north to Seattle, WA with a hop over to Hawaii. The walk resumes in 2018 to head east back to New England for an estimated September 2019 finish.

This project is part of a global movement
 to expand our measures of progress to include  wellbeing and happiness. What the walk brings to that larger movement is a voice - YOUR VOICE - a powerful, clear, unified voice articulating what people say matters most in life.

Please give what you can.
Your donation is tax-deductible. GNHUSA is a 501(c)(3) Receipts will be sent for donations of $250 or more.

Many thanks.
Wishing you all much happiness,

Paula Francis 
Happiness Walker
Gross National Happiness USA
Walk website: www.gnhusa.org/happiness-walk
Facebook: Happiness Walk USA
Twitter: @HappinessWalkUS
Instagram: HappinessWalkUS

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Exciting News! We're really close to analyzing the interview data to learn what matters most to people! We just need $4,500 more so we can get this information out to YOU and BEYOND! We have a hopeful and helpful story to tell. We have more in common than you think. Please consider a donation to this very timely and important project. THANK YOU!
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Thousands of interviews have been collected and are in need of transcription. Please consider contributing to this cost so we can analyze what people are sharing as their highest values. Donations are also greatly appreciated to support the second half of The Happiness Walk.
4,480 miles by foot, 4,000+ miles to go!
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Leg 7 of The Happiness Walk is now completed. We have walked 2,397 miles in 15 states plus Montreal, Canada and Washington D.C. We've been joined by 39 people during the 261 days of this journey and every moment is remarkable...thanks to you! We are very appreciative of your support.

Please take a moment and view the trailer to our upcoming documentary and share with your friends.

Much Gratitude,
A radical systems redesign!
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There Is Big News...

...for The Happiness Walk (and the happiness movement)! The remaining $6,200 (or so) of our campaign will be used for the production of a movie trailer!

We are thrilled to be working this summer with Bess O'Brien of Kingdom County Productions to create a tantalizing preview for a full length feature documentary.

Bess, and Patrick (with the camera), will be traveling with us June 15 to 19 to capture a bit of The Happiness Walk experience around Vermont. The vision of the Walk goes far beyond the borders of our home state, of course, but, quite frankly, filming the trailer in Vermont is most efficient and affordable. The documentary itself will be filmed next winter and spring somewhere between New Orleans and Houston.


We cannot express how thrilled we are by the opportunity to take our experience from the road to the big screen. Ultimately, the happiness movement will lead to radical systems redesign guided by our common desire for happiness and wellbeing.

An energetic, national conversation about happiness, values and what truly matters in life will inform that process, and the energy it creates will nudge the shift along.

This movie will provide an enormous shove to that process.

Please support this project. Thank you.
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$4,269 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 62 people in 53 months
Created March 13, 2014
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Clinton and Laura
3 months ago

May your walk bring you deeper and deeper happiness as you spread the word walking the talk.

Linda Schutz
3 months ago

For Ginny and her great desire to do this walk for life's wellness, betterment, and happiness. Love to her and Paula on this walk in the beautiful Northwest

sylvia blanchet
3 months ago

I hope to join you some day on this walk. It's important what you are doing! I'd like to bring it to Indonesia. namaste, Sylvia

Marilyn Bush
4 months ago

Wish I were joining you!

Nancy Powers
4 months ago

Redwoods Happiness Initiative in Crescent City is excited to meet you on your journey! Thank you for bringing attention to what truly matters!

14 months ago
Dylan Cuddy
14 months ago

Happiness rules!

Carol Maloney
21 months ago

From both Carol and Karen Gennette

Erica Averion
22 months ago

Following my friend Sue's journey alongside you and your mission for the past couple of weeks has been SUCH a treat! She is my massage therapist, friend, and I want to be JUST LIKE HER when I grow up! So naturally I'm adding "walk more miles" to my bucket list now after watching her walk with you. Thank you for sharing light...and BEING the light!

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