Get ready for deep impact

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?

2022 is a Hybrid Event

After the great success of the event in 2021 **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 the same high-impact experience no matter which format you choose!**


One of the most beautiful university campuses on Earth

Carine Bouery/ Cynchro, Founder and Managing Director/ United Arab Emirates

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”

Gross Global Happiness is just non-replicable

Víctor Rojas/ Vmware Program Specialist, Employee Referral Program/ Costa Rica

“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 Happiness.”

Year-long connections with participants

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

“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.”

Makes you want to be a changemaker

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

“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.”
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Join Early :-)

In order to meet people’s needs during this difficult moment in time, we have lowered the fees considerably, and of course, we’re also running a virtual format that will be extremely accessible. Upon completion of the course, a certificate is awarded by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace and World Happiness Agora.

Important Dates

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 22, 2022       Early Bird registration for onsite event ($1,275)

Feb 23- 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

Keynotes and Guides

Learning from Experience

Author, Founder HSA Tal Ben-Sahar

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is the co-founder of the Happiness Studies Academy and the creator and instructor of the Certificate in Happiness Studies program.   After graduating from Harvard with a BA in Philosophy and Psychology and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, Tal taught two of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history: Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership, and he currently teaches Happiness Studies at Columbia University. He is an international, best-selling author whose books have been translated into over 25 languages.   In addition to establishing The Happiness Studies Academy, Tal is a certified yoga instructor whose work bridges Eastern and Western traditions, ancient wisdom, and modern technology, science, and art.

Founder of Friday. Editor of the Happy Planet Index Nic Marks

Nic Marks was once described as a “Statistician with a Soul” because of his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills. He has been working in the field of happiness, wellbeing, and quality of life over the past 25 years with a particular emphasis on measurement and how to create a positive change.

Professor at University of Texas. Author of HappySmarts Raj Raghunathan

Raj is a Zale Centennial Professor of Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in exploring the impact that people's judgments and decisions have on their happiness and fulfillment.

Founding Director, UPEACE Centre for Executive Education Mohit Mukherjee

Mohit is an innovator in the learning and development area, with nearly two decades of experience working with professionals from around the world in the areas of innovation, leadership, and well-being. Since 2006, he has been leading the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the United Nations. Mohit’s background includes management consulting with A.T. Kearney, working with a global non-profit with a focus on sustainable development, leading a private-public partnership, and starting a profitable education enterprise. Mohit is also committed to youth entrepreneurship and recently authored a handbook for social innovators. Mohit has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was born in Greece to Indian parents and currently resides in South Florida.

Founder, Author Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo is the Founder and President of the World Happiness Foundation and the World Happiness Fest and the Founder and Author of the TEOH Lab and Happytalism.


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.

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! *Applications to present are now open! Apply before September 30, 2021 for the 2022 Summit..