In a press release sent out minutes ago, the Seattle City Council says it's time to turn that frown upside down:
Seattle – Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will sponsor a Happiness Open House on Monday, April 22. The open house will be hosted by The Happiness Initiative and Make it Happy, two social initiatives devoted to spreading happiness as a means to improve the world. The groups will share their findings on Seattle’s collective happiness in an interactive art installation, which will ultimately result in a report containing specific policy recommendations for creating sustainable happiness.
So, how happy is Seattle? Fairly happy, but with some important causes for concern. Seattleites scored particularly well in such aspects of happiness as psychological health, support from friends and family, interpersonal trust and material wellbeing. But they reported important stresses from time pressure, worries about the environment and relatively low participation in their community and neighborhoods, reflecting national trends. Groups reporting lower life satisfaction included poorer residents, people living alone, middle-aged persons and 19-24 year olds.
Want to join the city's Happiness Open House? Do ya, little buddy? It's from 5-7 p.m., Monday, April 22 at Seattle City Hall.