Summit aims to make Miami ‘the Capital of Happiness’

Are we happy yet?

If not, this may lift our moods: The World Happiness Summit, aka WoHaSu, announced Wednesday that it is bringing its inaugural three-day event to Miami Beach next spring. The summit will focus on “the key elements of well-being with the goal of increasing global happiness.”

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And in order to make the Miami area the Capital of Happiness, the summit will bring together experts in happiness science, as well as philosophers, positive psychologists, spiritual leaders, economists, policy makers and cultural icons.

“We are creating a movement dedicated to increasing awareness on happiness as a life choice. WoHaSu is a new forum focused on how to improve GNH (that’s Gross National and Personal Happiness) instead of GNP,” said Luis Gallardo, founder of the World Happiness Summit, in a news release. “It is important to understand that happiness is reached through a holistic combination of abstract elements, like mindfulness and virtue, and material elements like work, personal liberties, good governance and social bonds.”

Summit organizers expect 10,000 to attend the summit activities planned for March 17-19 at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. That’s a lot of happy people, but then again Miami has already been crowned “happiest city to work in” by Forbes magazine. The summit has the support of the United Nations International Day of Happiness, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Center, Kellogg Innovation Network, The University of Miami, Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley, Mindfulness Without Borders, Action for Happiness, The Institute for Global Happiness, GoodThink, Wholebeing Institute, and Experience Happiness, among others.

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In addition to speakers and workshops, the event will aim to hold one of the world’s biggest yoga activations on Miami Beach and a huge dance party of Zumba enthusiasts. If that’s not enough of a happiness rush, concerts will close out the daytime activities.

For more information and early-bird discounts, visit: But note this pass to happiness comes at a price: $999 to $1,399.