Gross Global Happiness Summit 2023!

ONLINE SUMMIT

February 10th & 11th, 2023

Hosted through the

University for Peace,

established by the UN General Assembly

ONSITE SUMMIT

March 10th, 11th & 12th, 2023

Gross Global Happiness Summit 2023!

ONLINE SUMMIT

February 10th & 11th, 2023

ONSITE SUMMIT

March 10th, 11th & 12th, 2023

Hosted through the University for Peace, established by the UN General Assembly

Gross Global Happiness

Offered online and onsite at the University for Peace campus in Costa Rica, it's up to you to choose which format fits best for you. One thing is guaranteed - no matter which one you go with, you can expect a powerful, interactive, high-impact experience!

This summit combines theory and practice, touching on the latest research from positive psychologists, but also delving into the practical applications of what we’ve learned and are still discovering in the field. Happiness will be brought front and center, as we explore and understand how people can lead happier, more meaningful lives.

Gross Global Happiness

Offered online and onsite at the University for Peace campus in Costa Rica, it's up to you to choose which format fits best for you. One thing is guaranteed - no matter which one you go with, you can expect a powerful, interactive, high-impact experience!

This summit combines theory and practice, touching on the latest research from positive psychologists, but also delving into the practical applications of what we’ve learned and are still discovering in the field. Happiness will be brought front and center, as we explore and understand how people can lead happier, more meaningful lives.

What can you expect? Take a look at the 2022 agendas!

Online Agenda 2022
Onsite @ UPEACE Agenda 2022

A look at the 2022 event

Online

  • Dates: 2 days, February 10th & 11th, 2023
  • Location: Fully online
  • Timing: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Eastern time (New York)

Onsite

  • Dates: 3 days, March 10th - 12th, 2023
  • Location: University for Peace campus, Costa Rica
  • Timing: 9.00am to 5.30pm CST (Costa Rica) on March 10th &11th, half day on March 12th

Learn and practice cutting-edge techniques from global leaders in the field to bring more well-being to your work and personal life.

Harness compassion and emotional intelligence to connect with others and lead a more fulfilling and impactful life.

Develop habits to sustain well-being for the long-term.

Receive a certificate from the United Nations-established University for Peace Centre for Executive Education.

Form a tight-knit group of like-minded colleagues from around the globe in just 3 days.

Align with the United Nations in creating a more just, peaceful and happier world.

The University for Peace, an institution established by the UN General Assembly

The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems everywhere; from ending conflict and alleviating poverty, to combating climate change and defending human rights. As a UN-established institution, the University for Peace works tirelessly to contribute to world peace and progress. Our programs give you the skills to have positive impact on this world, contributing directly to this mission.

Dr. Monica Araya

Dr. Monica Araya has worked on sustainability for 25 years. She works with leaders in governments, cities, business, advocacy and philanthropy to accelerate climate solutions.  Born in Costa Rica, she has worked on various sectors in several countries with a focus on Latin America, US and Europe. She is an independent adviser to numerous initiatives, including the 2050 Pathways Platform and the Steering Committee of the Drive Electric Campaign, a global $1bn campaign to accelerate the electrification of road transportation. She is a Distinguished Fellow at Climate Works Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the European Climate Foundation. Monica is co-founder of several organizations including the Costa Rican Electric Mobility Association. She has given talks about climate action in all continents, including Antarctica. Her three TED talks have over 5 million views. She was recognized as one of the BBC 100 Women of 2021 for her work on electric mobility. She studied Economics in Costa Rica at the National University and has a Ph.D. on Environmental Management from Yale University.  She splits her time between Oslo, Norway and Costa Rica.


We were joined by the happiness experts below in 2022.

Tal Ben-Shahar


Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer.  He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, “Positive Psychology” and “The Psychology of Leadership.”  His books in the area of Positive Psychology have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have appeared on best-seller lists around the world.

Tal obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

Nic Marks


Nic was once described as a ‘statistician with a soul’ due to his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills.

He has been working in the field of happiness, wellbeing and quality of life for over 25 years with a particular emphasis on measurement and how to create positive change. 

 Nic is the founder of Friday Pulse™ Ltd and has worked with over 1,000 organizations and teams measuring and improving their happiness at work.

Jamie Cabrera Ferrer


Jamie is a transformative consultant, coach, designer, writer, and facilitator. She leads and enables value-add strategy and solutions to empower business, engagement, & growth.

She has 20,000 combined academic, L&D and coaching hours and has completed an NLP practitioner and coach certification. She is extremely passionate about wellbeing success for organizations, communities, leaders, teams, and individuals, and has made it her mission to support people on their journeys towards true happiness.

Jamie shuttles between Manila and Hong Kong, with some occasional visits to Latin America.

Raj Raghunathan


Raj Raghunathan is a Zale Centennial Professor of Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He's interested in exploring how people’s judgments and decisions impact their happiness and fulfillment.

Currently, Raj writes about his views on happiness and leadership on his popular blog (with over 1.5 million page views), Sapient Nature. Raj also wrote a book (titled, If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?) that was launched in 2016 and has been translated into 13 languages.

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer.  He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, “Positive Psychology” and “The Psychology of Leadership.”  His books in the area of Positive Psychology have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have appeared on best-seller lists around the world.

Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.  The topics he lectures on include leadership, education, ethics, politics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness.  He is the co-founder and chief learning officer of The Happiness Studies Academy and Potentialife.

Tal obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.


Nic Marks

Nic Marks was once described as a ‘statistician with a soul’ due to his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills.

He has been working in the field of happiness, well-being, and quality of life for over 25 years with a particular emphasis on measurement and how to create positive change. 

In 2008, Nic and his colleagues created the Five Ways to Wellbeing for the UK Government Office of Science. They were designed to be the mental health equivalent of five fruits and vegetables a day. They have since been widely used in the UK and globally as a framework for promoting positive mental health. In 2010, he gave a TED talk on his work in public policy, which has now been watched over 2 million times. Nic has been applying his creative thinking to the world of work since 2012. He is the founder of Friday Pulse™ Ltd and has worked with over 1,000 organizations and teams measuring and improving their happiness at work.

Jamie Cabrera Ferrer

Jamie Cabrera Ferrer is a transformative consultant, coach, designer, writer, and facilitator. She leads and enables value-add strategy and solutions to empower business, engagement, & growth.

She has 20,000 combined academic, L&D and coaching hours and has completed an NLP practitioner and coach certification. She has been fortunate enough to witness how people from all walks of life work their way through their transformative and happiness journeys.

Jamie travels a lot, usually shuttling between Manila and Hong Kong, with some occasional visits to Latin America.

She is extremely passionate about wellbeing success for organizations, communities, leaders, teams, and individuals, and has made it her mission to support people on their journeys towards true happiness.


Raj Raghunathan

Raj Raghunathan is a Zale Centennial Professor of Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He’s interested in exploring how people’s judgments and decisions impact their happiness and fulfillment.

Raj’s work has appeared in top journals such as Journal of MarketingJournal of Consumer Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. His work has also been cited in several mass media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York TimesFortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc, Fast Company, and The Los Angeles Times.

Currently, Raj writes about his views on happiness and leadership on his popular blog (with over 1.5 million page views), Sapient Nature. His six-week long Coursera course on happiness (titled, A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment) currently has over 250,000 students from 196 countries, and was voted the Top MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of 2015, 2016 & 2017, and one of the Top 50 MOOCs of all time. Raj also wrote a book (titled, If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?) that was launched in 2016 and has been translated into 13 languages. His TED talk was viewed by over 17 million people worldwide.

Costa Rica bound?

We're offering a package deal where you can get your event ticket, hotel, transport, and meals for just $1,600!

Go ahead, let us take care of the logistics AND get an exclusive package rate!

Share your knowledge! Present at Gross Global Happiness

Gross Global Happiness hosts a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of well-being. Whether you’re an NGO or corporate leader, educator, coach or consultant, come share your research, insights and approach to happiness.

We’re excited to grow this community of people working toward happiness by opening the floor for everyone to bring forth their diverse strengths!

We will be selecting a diverse and intriguing group from the candidate pool to offer peer-to-peer learning at the conference.

Click here to submit your proposal to present no later than September 1st!

"The Gross Global Happiness Summit is one of the few platforms out there that offers an opportunity for coaches, trainers and experts in the happiness field to come together and co-create high quality and innovative programs that tackle the challenges of the 21st century, especially around anxiety and stress management, and all done in an intimate and natural setting of one of the most beautiful university campuses on Earth"

- Carine Bouery, United Arab Emirates, Founder and Managing Director at Synchro Comms

"For me, GGH has been a high return investment for both my business, teaching and research. Having attended both 2019 and 2020, I can see the accelerating value coming from engaging in Costa Rica as well as the year long connections with participants. I find that my depth and breadth of understanding to be highly significant in strengthening my professional work and professional life. Highly recommended."

- Art Sherwood, United States, Professor at Western Washington University

"Mixing years of knowledge, studies, analysis and investigations on Happiness, shared by multiple presenters and participants from different parts of the world, brings the richness of diversity and multiculturality that you can only experience in a non replicable event like the Gross Global Hapiness."

- Víctor Rojas, Costa Rica, Program Specialist at VMware

"This event is not only a breakthrough for person leadership, its provides a platform to reengineer the planet. A planet where human happiness is a real possibility. This event ignites the imagination of a more compassionate, fun filled, loving, kind, purposeful and creative planet!"

- Dianne Hunt, Trinidad & Tobago, Owner at Dianne Tea Shop

The University for Peace and the Centre for Executive Education

Located in Costa Rica, the University for Peace (UPEACE) was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the United Nations General Assembly. 

Within the University for Peace, the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education was launched to deliver dynamic workshops, seminars and training courses around the topics of leadership and social innovation.

World Happiness Agora and World

Happiness Fest

The World Happiness Agora and Fest are the world’s largest, most diverse, polycentric and comprehensive forums and networks of happiness and well-being experts, thought leaders, activists, shapers, and game-changers.

With presence in more than 60 cities around the world, our higher purpose is to realize a world with a free, peaceful, conscious and happy humanity. #TenBillionHappy by 2050.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with us!

Email us at centre@upeace.org or schedule a call here.

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Email us at centre@upeace.org or schedule a call here.

We care about you! COVID -19 Measures

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and participants is our top priority. We have developed new administrative structures and policies to ensure the highest standards in security and guarantee a safe experience on our campus for each and every one of you.

COVID testing is fast and easy in Costa Rica. If you need a test for travel, we’ll be happy to point you to a site in town where you can get results within 24 hours.