The Gross Global Happiness Summit

Onsite Event

At the University for Peace, established by the United Nations

March 8-10, 2024

The Gross Global Happiness Summit

Onsite Event

At the University for Peace, established by the United Nations

March 8-10, 2024

Come and connect with people from all over the world in a powerful, high impact experience!

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?

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?

Want to know more? Take a look at last year's agenda to get an idea (this year's is in production)!

Want to know more? Take a look at the 2023 agenda!

Learn About The Event

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. We have welcomed global experts as keynotes and presenters such as, sustainability expert Mónica Araya, happiness gurus Tal Ben-Shahar, Nic Marks, and Raj Raghunathan, emotional intelligence experts Marc Brackett and Robin Stern, as well as design thinking legend Dave Evans. We have learned, unlearned, and shared experiences on the topic of happiness, bringing together a multitude of perspectives and expertise.

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. We have welcomed global experts as keynotes and presenters such as, sustainability expert Mónica Araya, happiness gurus Tal Ben-Shahar, Nic Marks, and Raj Raghunathan, emotional intelligence experts Marc Brackett and Robin Stern, as well as design thinking legend Dave Evans. We have learned, unlearned, and shared experiences on the topic of happiness, bringing together a multitude of perspectives and expertise.

Confirmed 2024 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky (AB Harvard, summa cum laude; PhD Stanford) is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness (published in 39 countries). Lyubomirsky’s research—on the possibility of lastingly increasing happiness via gratitude, kindness, and connection interventions—have been the recipients of many grants and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Basel, the Diener Award for Outstanding Midcareer Contributions in Personality Psychology, the Christopher Peterson Gold Medal, a Positive Psychology Prize, and a twice awarded Faculty of the Year Award. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her family.

The Gross Global Happiness Summit takes place on the beautiful UPEACE campus

Event Information

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.

Event Information

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.

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!

Onsite format, 3 days, March 8-10, 2024

Online format, details TBD

Join us at the beautiful UPEACE campus in Costa Rica for an unforgettable in-person experience. Enjoy engaging sessions, connect with others during coffee breaks, lunch and closing happy hours, all amid the beautiful green backdrop that is the UPEACE campus.

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
  • Ticket rate for the 3-day event @ UPEACE in Costa Rica, with access to over 60 transformative sessions on happiness and well-being, March 8th – 10th: $1,350; Special Costa Rican price of $895!
  • 1-day ticket for Saturday, March 9th – $295.
  • Did you know that this summit counts as 20% towards a diploma in Social Innovation or Global Leadership from a United Nations-established university? Purchase your full diploma, including the GGH summit ticket for: $3,995

**Enroll with 1-2 people and each will receive a 10% discount. We also have exclusive rates for GGH Alumni, Groups and Costa Rican Residents, contact us to find out more: centre@upeace.org

Cancelation Policy:

In the case of a cancelation, the full amount of the Summit Ticket Fee can be applied toward any future professional development offering from the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education.

Cancellation for participants with the GGH package deal:

In the case of cancelation of the package deal within 30 days of the event, please contact our team at centre@upeace.org and we will provide you the credit amount, as funds already paid toward hotels and transportation are non-transferable. The rest of the Summit Fee can be applied to any future professional development offering from the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education.

Refund Policy:

For all refunds requested, the Centre will retain a $100 processing fee to cover banking and credit card fees and administration.

  • Refunds requested up to 60 days prior to the start of the GGH Summit – a full refund will be offered minus the $100 processing fee.
  • Refunds requested between 7 and 59 days prior to the start of the Summit – a 50% refund will be offered on all payments of $200 or more.
  • Refunds requested within 7 days of the start of a course or event – Refunds are not available at this point. Note: A credit will be granted in these cases that can be applied toward any future professional development offering from the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education.

July 15, 2023                   Presenter applications open

Sept 1, 2023                     Deadline to submit presenter applications

Sept 30, 2023                   Presenters for Gross Global Happiness notified

Nov 1, 2023                      Deadline for presenters to confirm participation

Mar 8 – 10, 2024                Gross Global Happiness Summit onsite at UPEACE in Costa Rica

Have a question? Contact us at centre@upeace.org with inquiries or to set up a phone call, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.

What's on offer?

Event Ticket Only

3-day Summit

$1350
  • 3-day event ticket
  • 3 lunches, snacks & drinks at the event
  • T-shirt and other event promo material

1-day Ticket

Saturday 9

$295

If you are based in Costa Rica, consider our 1-day deal:

  • Keynote speaker, panels and amazing content throughout the day
  • Food & Drink
  • Access to Keynote Meet & Greet
  • Network with global experts

GGH + Diploma

Professional Development Diploma

$3995

Gross Global Happiness counts as 20% towards a diploma in Social Innovation or Global Leadership.

  • Gross Global Happiness + 4 cutting edge courses (online or onsite)
  • Meet a global network of changemakers
  • Boost your professional profile
  • 3 personalized coaching sessions
  • Receive a certificate from a United Nations-established institution

Add on - Positive Leadership

March 14-15

$895starting from

Take this course individually or as part of a diploma program at UPeace after the summit. You’ll learn:

  • An overview of Positive Leadership
  • Appreciative Inquiry & Reframing Failure
  • Character Strengths & Flow
  • Skills for Conflict Transformation
  • Your Story & Leadership Challenges
  • Putting it All Together

Learn More

Testimonials

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

Carine Bouery

"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."
Art Sherwood, United States, Professor at Western Washington University

Art Sherwood

"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."
Dianne Hunt, Trinidad & Tobago, Owner at Dianne Tea Shop

Dianne Hunt

"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!"

UPEACE and the Centre for Executive Education

UPEACE 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.

Open enrollment courses offered by the UPEACE Centre: Click here

Global Leadership Diploma with the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education: Click here

Diploma in Social Innovation with the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education: Click here

Get to know the Centre team: Click here

The World Happiness Academy and World Happiness Fest

The World Happiness Academy and World Happiness Fest

The World Happiness Academy 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. Founded by Luis Gallardo. Get access to monthly meetups online with the Gross Global Happiness Community and hundreds of hours of content recorded from the worldwide leading experts on happiness and wellbeing. 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.

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