Out There: Choose Happiness at the First World Happiness Summit

In honor of International Day of Happiness, March 20th, the first World Happiness Summit will go beyond asana in its movement to increase happiness as a life choice, a human right, and an enabler of human development and social innovation.

The three-day World Happiness Summit (WOHASU) in Miami this weekend is the first global gathering of happiness experts, renowned yoga teachers, and world-class authors uniting in a joint effort to elevate levels of consciousness. Head to Miami’s Ice Palace, just a few blocks from the beach, for inspiration from experts like yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder, yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra, Africa Yoga Project founder Paige Elenson, humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky.

The summit is centered around the six key elements of well-being—purpose, social well-being, financial health, community, physical wellness, and mindfulness—and how they are achieved through meditation, introspection, yoga, and proactive listening. Other mind-awakening forays will delve into the realms of food, fitness, life, coaching, positive psychology, and much more.

WOHASU founder and COO Karen Gugghengeim says she aligned the festival to meet at the intersection of positive psychology and a space of learning through positive reinforcement. This is done in two ways. After attending a session, each participant will be grouped into their own tribe of nine people for an opportunity to integrate and practice the information from the speaker, pulling together a toolkit of techniques to take home. Then following the summit, participants will have access to three weeks of online summit support with follow-up workshops and daily tasks.

“We’re all living, breathing, and challenged,” says Gugghengeim. “We made a choice for happiness.” Can’t make it to Miami this weekend? No problem. You can livestream the event and participate in the 21-day support app to track and stay accountable to your goals.

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Three-day yoga festival


March 17-19


Ice Palace, Miami, and online at happinesssummit.world


$899 for a three-day pass or $529 for a discounted pass for instructors (proof of credential required)

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