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.

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.

Mónica Araya


Mónica Araya has worked on sustainability for 25 years. She works with leaders in governments, cities, business, advocacy and philanthropy to accelerate climate solutions. She is an independent adviser to numerous initiatives, including the 2050 Pathways Platform and the Steering Committee of the Drive Electric Campaign, and she is the co-founder of several organizations including the Costa Rican Electric Mobility Association.  She studied Economics in Costa Rica at the National University and has a Ph.D. in Environmental Management from Yale University.  She splits her time between Oslo, Norway, and Costa Rica.

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.

Robin Stern


Robin Stern is the co-founder and associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a licensed psychoanalyst with 30 years of experience treating individuals, couples, and families. Robin is the co-developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 3,000 pre-school to high schools across the United States and in other countries. Robin regularly consults with schools globally and large companies, including Facebook and Google, on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design.


Marc Brackett


Marc Brackett is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and is featured regularly in popular media outlets such as the New York Times and Good Morning America. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 4,500 schools across the world. He’s also the author of the bestselling book, Permission To Feel.


Dave Evans


Dave Evans co-founded the Life Design Lab with Bill Burnett in 2007 which led to the publishing of their books ‘Designing Your Life’ in 2016, a #1 New York Times bestseller, and ‘Designing Your Work Life’ in 2020. The books have reached hundreds of thousands and the Lab has trained countless universities in innovative techniques to help students navigate their futures after college. Dave has nearly 16 years of experience in this field, and lectures at Stanford in the Stanford Design Program.

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!

Want to extend your stay in Costa Rica?

We're offering add-ons to our package deal!

Participant receiving certificate

GGH + Happiness Journey

Get ready for a 4 day/ 3 night excursion to relax & reflect in the land of 'Pura Vida'! We'll show you the sights you've been dreaming of and you'll have time to chill in paradise. A perfect mix of adventure and rejuvenation with the likeminded GGH community in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Add the Happiness Journey for only $1,285!

GGH + Positive Leadership Course

Right after the Happiness Journey, join our Positive Leadership course on March 17th and 18th. A certificate is awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Add the course for $715 (a 20% discount)!

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.

Share on LinkedInShare on Instagram

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.

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.