C’mon, everybody, get happy! After such a long, cold, and snowy winter, who couldn’t use a bit more happiness? In celebration of the third annual International Day of Happiness, a group of experts will gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday, March 19 to explore the latest data on happiness.

Sponsored by the NGO Relations and Advocacy Section of the UN’s Department of Public Information, the panel will explore scientifically proven data that demonstrates the inverse relationship that wealth (both national and personal) can have on happiness.

Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the musical director of the new show Finding Neverland and founder of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), will moderate the international panel.

Speakers include:

Dr. Kai Ping Peng: Berkeley Professor and founding member of International Positive Education Network (IPEN) will talk about the effect positive education has on children in China.

Dr. Hector Escamilla: President of Tecmilenio University, México, will focus on his work in the Jalisco province that is proving the impact of positive education in one of Mexico’s poorest regions.

Deborah Heisz, COO, Co-Founder, Live Happy, the voice of the Happiness Movement, will discuss the proven impact happiness has in all areas of life—and how it can actually drive personal economic growth.

Alejandro Adler: A member of the International Expert Well-being Group comprising leading experts from distinct disciplines working with the United Nations to create a new development paradigm based on well-being and happiness set to go into effect in 2015.

Ami Dar: Founder of, the #1 resource helping people searching for careers in nonprofits.

Jeffrey Brez: Chief of the NGO Relations and Advocacy Section. He will announce the United Nations MixRadio  #HappySoundsLike campaign that marks the International Day of Happiness 2015.

In addition, Jeffrey Sachs from Columbia University’s Earth Institute (via video) will present a sneak peak at the upcoming World Happiness Report 3, which examines the relationship of happiness to gender through the lens of culture.

The event runs from 11:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. and can be live streamed at

For more information, contact Gabriella DeLuca:


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