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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 its impacts on individual and global progress?

In 2023 you can join ONLINE and ONSITE

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. This year we are once again thrilled to host many incredible keynote speakers, such as happiness guru Tal Ben-Shahar, sustainability champion Mónica Araya, Life Design Lab coach Dave Evans, and emotional intelligence experts Robin Stern and Marc Brackett. We’ll 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.


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.”


Important Dates

July 15, 2022                   Presenter applications open

Sept 1, 2022                     Deadline to submit presenter applications

Sept 30, 2022                   Presenters for Gross Global Happiness notified

Nov 1 – 15, 2022             Deadline for presenters to confirm participation

Feb 10 & 11, 2023           Gross Global Happiness Summit online event

Mar 10 – 12, 2023           Gross Global Happiness Summit onsite at UPEACE in Costa Rica

Co-founder of the Life Design Lab Dave Evans

Dave Evans co-founded the Life Design Lab with Bill Burnett in 2007 which led to the publishing of their books ‘Designing Your Life’ in 2016, a #1 New York Times bestseller, and ‘Designing Your Work Life’ in 2020. The books have reached hundreds of thousands and the Lab has trained countless universities in innovative techniques to help students navigate their futures after college. Dave has nearly 16 years of experience in this field, and lectures at Stanford in the Stanford Design Program.

Co-founder and associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Robin Stern

Robin Stern is the co-founder and associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a licensed psychoanalyst with 30 years of experience treating individuals, couples, and families. Robin is the co-developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 3,000 pre-school to high schools across the United States and in other countries. Robin regularly consults with schools globally and large companies, including Facebook and Google, on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design.

Mónica Araya

Mónica Araya has worked on sustainability for 25 years. She works with leaders in governments, cities, business, advocacy and philanthropy to accelerate climate solutions. Born in Costa Rica, she has worked on various sectors in several countries with a focus on Latin America, US and Europe. She has given talks about climate action in all continents, including Antarctica. Her three TED talks have over 5 million views. She studied Economics in Costa Rica at the National University and has a Ph.D. on Environmental Management from Yale University.

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.

founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Marc Brackett

Marc Brackett is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and is featured regularly in popular media outlets such as the New York Times and Good Morning America. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 4,500 schools across the world. He’s also the author of the bestselling book, Permission To Feel.

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, 2022 for the 2023 Summit..