A lot of the work of the H(app)athon Project is about measuring and analyzing things. We’re creating a survey with an amazing team of Data Science and Positive Psychology experts to understand what well-being means to people and how that relates to happiness. We’re taking data from those surveys to Data Scientists at hackathons to study and reformat that data into visualizations or other tools that will become part of the final App we’re creating designed to help people measure and optimize their happiness/well-being.
It’s not just about the Money. But at the heart of what we’re trying to do is help people understand what we feel is a pretty fundamental aspect of life – you have value. Or at least we think you do. We don’t mean to pick on the GDP, but its focus on wealth creation means people tend to focus on, well…wealth. And that’s fine. It’s a metric with a lot of data points and we need money to buy stuff. But when people become measured primarily on how much money they have, that’s when things can get tricky if we ignore the rest of what they have to offer. Again, it’s not that money isn’t important, it’s just that it’s not the only thing.
We use the phrase, “claim your value” in a lot of our work along with the phrase “hack happiness.” By “hacking happiness” we simply mean we feel it’s time to reexamine if/why the GDP has been a primary measure not of the happiness for nations/citizens, but some form of well-being. If that’s the case, it’s not really working. Or, it certainly can use some help. In that sense, we’re trying to help individuals, and eventually organizations helping those individuals get a bigger picture of “wealth” that involves the whole value of a person – their families, education, environment, health (physical as well as mental) and so on along with money issues which can’t be ignored.
What do you think? So that’s why we hope you’ll take our survey and start “claiming your value” by learning areas about your well-being you may not have realized affect your health and outlook on life. Then go to our wiki or contact us to find resources to learn more about apps and organizations who may be able to further help you optimize areas you’re interested in. That’s the “claiming” part. We aren’t here to tell you how to be happy or achieve well-being. We’re here to ask you what you think, provide a lot of experts from our Committee to guide the process, and encourage you to eventually help others achieve whatever well-being you’ve discovered in whatever way works best for them.