Scientists Study How Cities Can Make Us Happier

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
2/17/2014 7:01:06 PM
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Re: Make Me Happy
A few environmental attributes contribute greatly in making humans happy, like sun light and the vitamin D it produces.

2/7/2014 12:34:32 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Make Me Happy
I agree with you. What could make someone happy might just annoy someone else. Like with most things where a lot of people are involved (in this case, huge populations), then it all turns into a huge balancing act.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
2/6/2014 5:45:08 AM
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Re: Make Me Happy
Hmm. The Research Laboratory for Immersive whatevers designed its name to suit the acronym they'd already planed for it. I guess the Department of City Stuff didn't sound serious enough. The search for happiness is an endless quest but perhaps more immediately rewarding would be listing the stress points. For London it would have to include the current 48 hour Tube strike, to be repeated next week

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/5/2014 2:46:35 PM
User Rank Staff
Stress factors
This is fascinating, and complex, I'm sure, seeing as what makes one person happy isn't the same as what makes another person happy.

One way we might be able to get a sense of what would make us happier in our cities is if we discuss just the opposite -- what are the things that stress us, or make us unhappy? I am tossing the question out to you all, but I can identify a couple of personal stressors: unprotected bike lanes is one; streets with no apparent pedestrian crossing where it appears to be a guessing game, is another (I feel I've had this experience in San Francisco, but I'm happy for any SFers to battle me on that one).

2/5/2014 12:26:29 PM
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Make Me Happy
Wouldn't it be great if we could find that "magic" formula to make us happy in the urban space. At least this type of study might just find some interesting data as to what makes a great space. But, with all the variables, I'm not so sure it's going to be all that easy. But, just imagine the results in future city planning if we could actually come up with the ingedients!

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