Goals for Good

What is Goals for Good?
Goals for Good is an exciting new course that draws from research into positive psychology and sustainability to help young people live happier, healthier, and more planet friendly lifestyles.

The course consists of a series of four, one-hour sessions to help participants to:

  • Challenge traditional notions of success
  • Explore the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the science of what really makes us happy
  • Find meaning and purpose by considering the effect of their goals beyond themselves
  • Increase determination and use their strengths to help achieve their goals

The workshops are designed to be delivered in school and youth settings (aimed at 14 to 18-year-olds) and in workplace settings (aimed at 18 to 30-year-olds) by experienced facilitators, and are available to download for free. Train the trainer packages are also available if you're keen to learn more.

Download the Youth & Schools toolkit

Good for young people, good for the planet

Goals for Good helps young people explore the things that really make them happy and the things that don’t - to look beyond the dominant story of success that is so powerfully sold to them through the media.

Research has confirmed that the traditional symbols of a succesful life (the higher paying job, the big house, the designer clothes) are not all they're cracked up to be when it comes to a happier life1. We derive far greater joy from how we spend our time than from what we own: quality time with our loved ones, learning a new language, running outdoors, volunteering in our communities2.

Spending time on these types of activities is not only a better recipe for a happier life, but also better for the planet as we focus less on what we have and more on what we do.

Share your stories

We'd love to hear how you get on using our Goals for Good toolkits, get in touch to share your experiences.

"I found it so interesting and have come away happy and energised after each session. Really helpful to recalibrate my mind" Goals for Good participant

Work with us

Want to learn more about helping young people to live happier, healthier, more sustainable lives? Get in touch to find out about other opportunities to work with us, including:

  • Train the trainer packages
  • Employee engagement programmes to embed corporate social responsibility
  • Networks of teachers promoting social and environmental reponsibility through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Why we created Goals for Good

Watch our short film about why we created Goals for Good:

Meet Paddy and Emily

Film: what is the Goals for Good course really like?

Meet the experts

The Goals for Good materials were designed by Global Action Plan UK in collaboration with an international panel of experts from the fields of wellbeing, values, motivation and sustainability. Find out more about them below.

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Dr. Sylvia Lorek

Dr. Lorek is devoted to research and action on strong sustainable consumption governance. She is chair of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute Germany e.V.

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Dr. Léna Pellandini-Simányi

Dr. Pellandini-Simányi is a sociologist at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural and institutional factors shaping consumption norms and market dynamics.

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Dr. Natasha Lekes

Dr Lekes is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Maine Farmington. Her research examines interventions to influence values and psychological well-being.

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Dr. Kathryn Buchanan

Dr Buchanan works as a lecturer in the psychology department of the University of Essex. Her research primarily revolves around identifying factors that can lead to desirable societal outcomes such as increased happiness and the promotion of pro-environmental behaviours.

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Tim Kasser, Ph.D.

Tim Kasser is Professor of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, USA. He has authored five books and over 100 scientific articles and chapters on values, consumer culture, well-being, and ecological sustainability, among other topics.

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Professor Anat Bardi

Anat Bardi is a Professor of Social/Personality Psychology in Royal Holloway University of London and Editor in Chief of the section Personality and Social Psychology in the academic journal Frontiers in Psychology. Her research focuses on personal and cultural values including value change and value-behaviour relations.

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Professor Stefano Bartolini

Stefano Bartolini is professor of economics at the University of Siena. His research focuses on the causes and possible solutions of the increasing poverty of well-being, human relationships, time and natural environment in developed and developing countries. He has published extensively on these topics, producing many popular science essays and academic articles.

Funding

The creation of the Goals for Good materials was funded by the KR Foundation, whose mission is to help provide answers to, stimulate mind shifts about, and encourage action on the long-term challenges faced by current and future generations living on a planet with finite resources, fragile ecosystems, and climate change.

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References

1. Sheldon, K.M, & Lyuomirsky, S. (2006). Achieving Sustainable Gains in Happiness: Change your Actions, not your Circumstances. Journal of Happiness Studies, 7(1), 55-86. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-005-0868-8

4. Thompson, S., Aked, J., Marks, N., & Cordon, C. (2008). Five ways to wellbeing: The evidence. New Economics Foundation, London.

To get involved with our wellbeing work, email Natasha Parker

To get involved with our wellbeing work, email Natasha Parker