Happiness U launches search for 10 who will revolutionize their lives and communities

HONOLULU, Hawaii–Happiness U has launched a search to find 10 Oahu residents who are willing to embark on a journey to transform their lives. Anyone may apply who is 18 or older. Visit YourHappinessU.com to apply or nominate someone today. Chamber of Commerce member organizations are encouraged to incorporate this search as part of their workplace wellness programs and if employee nominees are selected they can take a leadership role within their organization to teach others what they’ve learned.

A cohort of scholarship recipients, who will be coached intensely in 2018 and will be part of an effort to measure the impact of their transformation on not only their life but the lives of their coworkers, their families and their community.

“Most of us are surviving in various states of happiness,” says Happiness U Founder Alice Inoue. “This scholarship aims to find people who are ready to take then next step up in their journey to really thrive in a way that not only helps them personally but helps those around them. Pushing your personal well-being to the next level is contagious.”

A three-month, six-month or 12-month program will be offered that includes life planning, healthy money mindset developments, stress management, finding life purpose, exploring spirituality, guilt relinquishment and decluttering of home and life.

Happiness has become much more than a personal aspiration. It has become a national and global priority. The personal-finance website WalletHub released its state of happiness in August and studied all 50 U.S. states across 28 indicators ranging from depression to sports participation to income growth. Hawaii scored 67.9 out of a 100 points in the analysis with high marks in the area of emotional health, physical well-being and work environment. Hawaii was also recognized as having the lowest share of adult depression and the fifth lowest divorce rate in the nation.

These joyful statistics are in contrast to a global study on happiness, which found that overall, Americans are increasingly unhappy. In 2007, the United States ranked 3rd and in 2016 it came 19th. The reasons are declining social support and increased corruption. Published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, the first World Happiness Report was issued in April 2012, in support of the UN’s focus on happiness and well-being.

“Just the fact that leaders across the globe are studying happiness and heralding it as a proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy is astounding,” says Happiness U Founder Alice Inoue. “Well-being is emerging as the center of efforts from so many sectors – the nonprofit, corporate and even government.”

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