Gross Global Happiness Summit 2022

March 4-6, 2022
Online & at the University for Peace campus in Costa Rica

**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, Nic Marks, Raj Raghunathan and Saamdu Chetri 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.

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Gross Global Happiness, UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica

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!

**The presenter application window for the 2022 Gross Global Happiness event has closed.**

Internationally recognized speakers 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 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.

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.

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.

Gross Global Happiness Summit Keynote Speaker

Dr. Saamdu Chetri was born in a rural Bhutan and has a PhD in commerce.

After working in private and development sectors for 25 years, and Cabinet of the PM for five years, he then founded the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan and headed for five years. He has been teaching, consulting and speaking at various international and national occasions on mindfulness and Happiness around the world.

Saamdu believes Happiness is within. We experience the truth of this when we are totally no longer attached to greed, aversion or delusion. We experience happiness in relation to the self with self, self with others and self with nature. These are the three divides that make us suffer on this planet. We bring sufferance to the Mother Earth because of these divides. Today, we are walking with our open eyes to the cliff. We need to bring transformation within each one of us. We must connect with ourselves. We must connect with other human beings.  We must connect with nature. In truth, we are nature.

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!

Onsite format, 3 days, March 4th-6th, 2022

Join us at the beautiful UPEACE campus in Costa Rica, the main hub for the Gross Global Happiness Summit. Enjoy engaging sessions, energizing morning activities, connect with others during coffee breaks, lunch and closing happy hours, all amid the beautiful green backdrop that is the UPEACE campus.

Online format, 2 days, March 4th & 5th, 2022

If you can’t make it to Costa Rica, there’s an online option for you! You’ll experience interactive online sessions alongside peers who are equally as passionate about the topic, and you’ll do it all from the comfort of your home.

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 24, 2022       Early Bird registration for onsite event ($1,275)

Feb 25- Mar 3, 2022      General enrollment for onsite event ($1,550)

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

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

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

Course Guides

The course content will be imparted largely by participants themselves, but your Gross Global Happiness guides include:

Mohit Mukherjee, Instructor Diploma in Social Innovation

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 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:

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/ Cynchro, Founder and Managing Director/ United Arab Emirates

“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.”

-Liliana Núñez/ General Manager Qué y Cómo, A.C./Mexico

“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/ VMware Program Specialist, Employee Referral Program/ Costa Rica

“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/ Western Washington University, Professor, Director-Academic Programs in Entrepreneurship and Innovation/ United States

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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The World Happiness Academy is a learning center that will equip you and your community with profound experiences, wisdom and tools that will maximize your potential. They believe that experiential education opens the door to infinite possibilities. The World Happiness Academy, together with the World Happiness Fest and the World Happiness Awards are initiatives of the World Happiness Foundation created to realize a world with freedom, consciousness, and happiness, for all.

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