Happiness

Blog post
September 7, 2016, 12pm PDT
The conventional planning wisdom seems to be that long drives are less beneficial to well-being than a short walk. But what about other commuting options?
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
September 6, 2016, 5am PDT
Some experts claim that city living causes mental illness and unhappiness, but a new study indicates that urban environments provide many mental health benefits. Better planning can help make sane and happy cities.
Todd Litman
January 19, 2016, 8am PST
One writer's view of the modern city goes negative. If our environment affects our happiness, surely we're all suffering from depression.
Adbusters
August 3, 2015, 8am PDT
The beachfront town known for its surfers and celebrities is collecting data that dig deeper than traditional measures of economic prosperity, and the results may be surprising.
Fast Company Co.Exist
May 6, 2015, 7am PDT
Having just wrapped up a great CNU in Dallas, April 29 through May 2, a collection of urbanists share some of the ideas that resonated the most.
PlaceShakers
August 22, 2014, 2pm PDT
A new study found that commuters opting for active travel modes and rail are more satisfied with their commute than those who take bus, metro, or drive.
Science Direct
July 31, 2014, 11am PDT
Researchers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia used "self-reported life satisfaction data" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to locate the cities and regions where Americans are most happy (or unhappy).
Vox
November 4, 2013, 5am PST
Cities designed for one type of mobility - the car - result in residents impaired by multiple types of ailments. To create a happier and healthier city, the solution is to facilitate many ways of getting around, especially alternatives to the auto.
The Guardian
September 14, 2013, 5am PDT
According to a study by U. of Minn's Jason Cao published in the journal, Transportation, there is a positive correlation between living near light rail transit and satisfaction with life. He based it on the Hiawatha light rail line in Minneapolis.
Salon
September 11, 2013, 11am PDT
The second United Nations' World Happiness Report shows that the world is becoming a happier place with 60 of the 130 countries analyzed improving. What is going on in the 30% of countries, including the United States, where happiness is declining?
Fast Company Co.Exist
July 15, 2013, 1pm PDT
Tight housing inventories, rising prices, and conservative mortgage lenders are preventing many would-be homeowners from buying their piece of the 'American Dream'. Michelle Higgins explains why this may actually be a good thing.
The New York Times
November 30, 2012, 6am PST
Using new analysis of recent US Census data, Richard Florida demonstrates that “[c]ities and regions where density is more concentrated near their urban cores — appear to gain the biggest economic advantage.” That, and a tad more happiness.
The Atlantic Cities
November 8, 2012, 7am PST
Planning policies related to the economy and environment are easier to measure, but Hazel Borys asks, "how do we measure national happiness, well-being, and social capital as they relate to the way we plan our neighborhoods, towns and cities?”
Better Cities & Towns
September 22, 2012, 1pm PDT
Although the findings of a vast, decades-long study into the effectiveness of efforts to decrease the segregation of poor families did not turn up the results social scientists had hoped for, those efforts were successful in unexpected ways.
The New York Times
April 2, 2012, 2pm PDT
The first ever World Happiness Report, published by Columbia University's Earth Institute, reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy.
The Earth Institute
February 28, 2012, 12pm PST
Richard Florida reports on a new map showing the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which analyzes a number of "happiness" factors on a statewide level.
The Atlantic Cities
February 17, 2012, 5am PST
Ariel Schwartz reports on the findings of a new study from Urban Affairs Review that surveyed residents from 10 major international cities on what qualities make them most happy.
Fast Coexist
June 30, 2011, 12pm PDT
Considering the Declaration of Independence and its mention of the "inalienable right" of "happiness", Kaid Benfield wonders what the pursuit of happiness can and should mean for communities.
The Atlantic
March 16, 2011, 1pm PDT
Who's the happiest and healthiest of them all? The New York Times posts an interactive map of the national Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
New York Times
January 31, 2011, 1pm PST
The Oprah Show says San Luis Obispo, California is America's Happiest City, citing urban planning decisions like making the town pedestrian-friendly with wide sidewalks and limiting fast food drive-throughs.
Oprah.com