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Towards a happier world: lessons from Bhutan

22nd March 2017 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In person | Virtual event

 Towards a happier world: lessons from Bhutan

Join us for an inspiring film screening and discussion about Bhutan’s unique culture and values – and what they can teach us about living a fulfilling life and creating a happier world.

Crossing Bhutan is an award-winning and beautiful film following an incredible journey through the land of Gross National Happiness.

After the film there will be an interactive panel discussion, exploring the lessons we can learn from Bhutan for our own communities – plus a wider look at what we can do to put these and other values into practice in our own lives.

“Curious about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness? Watch this film”
~ Forbes

About The Film (running time 60 mins)

Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its main yardstick for progress. Drawn by the allure of this enigmatic kingdom, four veteran athletes attempt an unprecedented human-powered, border-to-border crossing of Bhutan, hoping to experience Bhutan’s culture of happiness first hand.

When the demands of the gruelling 32-day, 485-mile journey push the team beyond their breaking point, they must confront the challenge inherent in walking what Buddhist’s call the Middle Path – embracing the benefits of our fast-paced modern life while still honouring the ancient traditions and values that make Bhutan so unique.

About The Speakers

Felipe Viveros is the European Lead at the GNH Centre Bhutan and will share his unique insights about Gross National Happiness and Bhutan’s culture.

Alan Williams is founder of the Global Values Alliance and co-author of two books about values (most recently My 31 Practices). He will share how we can learn to release the power of our values for authentic happiness.

Nancy Hey is Director of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and will share her views on what we can do to enhance happiness and wellbeing in the UK.

Location and Timings

This event will take place at Conway Hall in central London on Wednesday 22 March 2017. Doors will open at 18:30 and the event will start at 19:00


This event is in support of Action for Happiness. We want to make it accessible to as many people as possible, so rather than charging a fixed fee we’re instead asking you to make a donation. It would be great if you could donate £20, but if you can spare more, or feel unable to give that much, then please give what you feel is appropriate.

Any funds raised (beyond the costs of the event) will contribute directly to Action for Happiness’ work to promote mental wellbeing in local communities.Action for Happiness is part of the Young Foundation, a Registered Charity (274345) in England and Wales.

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We look forward to seeing you there!


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