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Catherine O’Brien is an associate professor in the Education Department of Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia. She coined the term “sustainable happiness” at the Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness in 2005. In addition to the university course that she developed for Cape Breton University, O’Brien cocreated an online course on sustainable happiness for the general public.

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Can tenth-grade Inuit students in Repulse Bay (Nunavut, Canada) teach the world governments something about ways to measure progress? In a recent classroom project taken from Sustainable Happiness and Health Education Teacher’s Guide, these students created a video celebrating what makes them happy: fresh air, spending time with family and …

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