The Happiness Index Partnership is a network of organizations that have committed to conduct periodic wellbeing surveys in Greater Victoria.
These partners decided to get involved in creating a happiness index because they recognized it is an important, first step in improving the wellbeing of the people in our region. The following are the current members of the partnership:
- Capital Regional District
- Community Social Planning Council
- United Way of Greater Victoria
- University of Victoria
- Vancouver Island Health Authority
- Victoria Foundation
A happiness index for the region provides guidance to local organizations interested in improving the level of wellbeing people experience in Greater Victoria. The 2008/09 study conducted by the partnership was the first of its kind in Canada. It joins a growing trend around the world to view wellbeing as a critical component for successful, vibrant communities where the aspirations of individuals are valued, their needs addressed and their engagement in community affairs encouraged and facilitated.
A second happiness index survey was conducted in 2010/11with results published in 2012.
How can you contribute to wellbeing in our community?
- Take part in the happiness index surveys when they are conducted
- Consider ways to help make ourselves/others happier, at home and around the world
- Organize a group activity to foster happiness among participants – neighbours, co-workers or a group in your community
- Get involved in a community social service agency
- Use happiness indicators as a framework for decision-making and policy development
- Refer to the Happiness Booklet, which was created to stimulate discussion and questions about happiness.
- Join the Happiness Index Partnership if you are a community organization with a mandate to improve community well-being. Members contribute $3,000 per year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.