MARCH 4 – 6, 2022

Gross Global Happiness Summit 2022

**We’re excited to announce that Gross Global Happiness will be held both virtually and onsite at the UPEACE campus this March 4th – 6th. You can expect a powerful, high-impact experience no matter which format you choose!**

Globally, happiness is one of our most important goals. Studies show that we value it more than success, knowledge, or material items. And yet, in a world that has continued to progress and become objectively better by most conceivable standards, why do many find this such a difficult goal to reach? As important as happiness is, how much do we know about it and the impacts it has on individual and global progress?

The Gross Global Happiness summit is an innovative executive education event in which people from all over the globe come to tackle these very questions. Featuring happiness gurus Tal Ben-Shahar and Nic Marks this March 2022, we will learn, unlearn, and share experiences on the topic of happiness, bringing together a multitude of perspectives and expertise.

This experience will combine 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.

Interested in presenting at the Gross Global Happiness Summit?

If you’ve got something valuable to share, apply to present! Whether you’re an NGO or corporate leader, university professor, coach, entrepreneur or international consultant, we’re inviting people to share their own  research, insights and approaches to happiness. The majority of the event’s content is participant-led, so we will be selecting a diverse and intriguing group from the candidate pool to offer peer-to-peer learning at the conference!

**Applications are being accepted! Apply here by September 30th to be considered**

Internationally Recognized Keynote this March 2022

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 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.  His books in the area of Positive Psychology have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.  He is the co-founder and chief learning officer of The Happiness Studies Academy and Potentialife.

An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships.  He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

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

 Her 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. 

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.

A look at the gross global happiness experience:

Whether you take part in the virtual format or join us onsite at the University for Peace campus in Costa Rica, this event is designed to be a practical and hands-on, allowing space for sharing and peer-to-peer learning. Participants will take part in interactive workshops, small group reflections and introspective activities. There will also be plenty of spaces to encourage networking and relationship-building between participants as well!

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Gained a practical understanding of cutting-edge frameworks that you can readily implement to lead compassionately and mindfully;
  • Acquired strategies to unlock your full potential and that of those around you for lasting impact;
  • Practiced valuable techniques to bring more happiness and well-being to your work and personal life;
  • Developed deep relationships with a network of an amazing, global array of peers from the course.
Gross Global Happiness is purposefully designed to be applicable to those over a wide range of  ages and career levels, and across a variety of fields. Participants often share some of the following characteristics:
  • A desire to change, grow, or re-establish passion for their career
  • A deep drive to push personal boundaries and give back to the community/world
  • A personal fascination with understanding what makes people thrive and flourish, professionally and personally.
  • The need to connect with like-minded individuals and broaden their already global mindset
  • Professionals in fast-growing career fields who want to stay ahead of the curve
  • This event will take place both onsite at the UPEACE campus and virtually. Pricing differs depending on the format you choose:

    Gross Global Happiness onsite at UPEACE campus in Costa Rica

    Tickets for the 3-day onsite format from March 4th-6th, 2022 are priced in a tiered format. The earlier you enroll, the better the rate!  Upon completion of the course, a certificate is awarded by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace and World Happiness Agora.

    Jul 1 – Dec 1, 2021         Pre-sale registration ($995)

    Dec 2 – Feb 24, 2022    Early Bird registration ($1,275)

    Feb 25 – Mar 3, 2022      General enrollment registration ($1,550)

    Gross Global Happiness online

    Tickets for the 2-day online format from March 4th-5th, 2022 are priced at a flat rate.

    • Exclusive rate for online participation: $245


    Enroll with 1-2 people and each will receive a 10% discount. Contact us for groups of 4 or more.

    In the case of cancellation, we are able to offer a refund up to 60 days prior to the course start date (January 4, 2022). For all refunds, the Centre will retain a $100 processing fee plus all bank fees incurred (credit card transaction fees plus bank transfer fees). Alternatively, the full amount paid can be applied towards any of our other professional development offerings, online or onsite.

  • Aug 1 – Dec 1, 2021        Pre-sale registration for onsite event ($995)

    August 11, 2021               Presenter applications open

    Sept 30, 2021                   Deadline to submit presenter applications

    Nov 1, 2021                       Presenters for Gross Global Happiness notified

    Nov 15, 2021                     Deadline for presenters to confirm participation

    Dec 2 – Feb 22, 2022       Early Bird registration for onsite event ($,275)

    Feb 23- Marc 3, 2022      General enrollment for onsite event ($650)

    Mar 4 – 6, 2022                Gross Global Happiness Summit onsite at UPEACE in Costa Rica

    Mar 4 & 5, 2022                Gross Global Happiness Summit online event

Courses Guides

Mohit Mukherjee

Mohit Mukherjee is the founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education. He is passionate about working with youth and adults, helping them develop the skills and mindset to become social innovators.  In 2016, he founded the Centre for Executive Education at the U.N. established University for Peace in Costa Rica. In this role, he has developed and taught over 50 seminars around the world. Over the past decade, he has also consulted with several forward-looking institutions helping them to build curriculum and deliver programs related to ‘Changemaking’ and ‘Organizational Well-Being’. He recently authored a handbook for social entrepreneurs.

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1995, Mohit started his career in corporate America with A.T. Kearney management consultants, but after three years he decided to make the switch to the field of education, which he realized was more aligned with his strengths and passions. He received his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was born in Greece to Indian parents and currently lives in Florida.

Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo is a social innovator and entrepreneur with the higher purpose of elevating the vibration of the planet by developing ideas, connecting thought leaders, activists and communities and increasing awareness on the science of happiness, holistic education and smart innovation. Over the years he has been an advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. Additionally, he has worked in the corporate world as a global executive and has been a protagonist of the transformation of industries including professional services and the internet. He is an international observer with the UN and OSCE in post-armed conflicts establishing democracy and the right to vote. Access to the brightest and most conscious individuals has inspired him to understand that the world needs new lenses to realize growth and how humans and societies can thrive.

For Luis, happiness is a human right and a life choice, an enabler of human development and social innovation. That’s why he is committed to creating spaces for academics, activists, social innovators, scientists, governmental leaders, institutions and leaders, in general, to share and learn, to feel, understand and act towards a happier world and thriving societies. Luis has done this through initiatives such as bē and the World Happiness Fest and World Happiness Virtual Agora. He’s been appointed by the UNIDOH (International Day of Happiness – March 20th) to serve as Advisor and to create the global strategy for this day.

Past participants say:

One of the most beautiful university campuses on Earth
One of the most beautiful university campuses on EarthCarine Bouery/ Cynchro, Founder and Managing Director/ United Arab Emirates
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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”
Gross Global Happiness is just non-replicable
Gross Global Happiness is just non-replicableVíctor Rojas/ Vmware Program Specialist, Employee Referral Program/ Costa Rica
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“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 Happiness.”
Year-long connections with participants
Year-long connections with participantsArt Sherwood/ Western Washington University, Professor, Director-Academic Programs in Entrepreneurship and Innovation/ United States
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“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.”
Makes you want to be a changemaker
Makes you want to be a changemakerLiliana Núñez/ General Manager Qué y Cómo, A.C./Mexico
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“This is an experience that makes you evaluate the important things in your life and makes you want to be a changemaker to contribute to global human happiness.”

What was your main takeaway from Gross Global Happiness?

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. UPEACE is the only university in the United Nations system authorized to offer academic degrees in the field of peace and conflict studies.

Within the University for Peace, the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education was launched to deliver dynamic workshops, seminars and training courses. In a world that needs more changemakers, these courses are designed to empower people and provide them with the skills, mindsets and networks to make a positive impact on the world.

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