Well-Being for All

"Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global wellbeing
and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations."
Catherine O'Brien

Sustainable Happiness

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Education for  Sustainable Happiness and Well-Being

“Catherine O’Brien’s concept of sustainable happiness is one of the top 5 ideas in environmental education that emerged during the past 25 years.”
Tim Grant, editor/publisher of Green Teacher magazine

Taking Happiness to the Next Level

Catherine O'Brien

“It is no longer possible to imagine a future where the pursuit of happiness is not somehow connected to sustainability. As the human species continues its quest for happiness and well-being, more emphasis must be placed on sustainability and the interaction between sustainability and happiness.” Happiness Research Institute, Denmark (Sustainable Happiness report)

Sustainable happiness is about well-being for all, sustainably. This offers a fresh approach to happiness that invites reflection on sustainability issues coupled with opportunities to enhance our quality of life and contribute to individual, community, and global well-being. The concept of sustainable happiness was developed by O’Brien (2005) in order to draw attention to the consequences, both positive and adverse, of how individuals, communities, and nations pursue happiness. See the Teachers tab and University tab on this site with free resources for teachers and professors.

Sustainable happiness has been incorporated into post-secondary courses at Cape Breton University. It is a core theme for the online course in sustainable happiness for the general public: Sustainable Happiness!

Dr. O’Brien’s work has been recognized internationally and in 2012 she was an invited participant at the UN High Level Meeting on Happiness and Wellbeing. She is the author of Education for Sustainable Happiness and Well-being, available from Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138640801

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Excerpts from the Sustainable Happiness Course
with Catherine O’Brien