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Friday, April 19, 2013

City Launches Campaign to "Make Seattle Happy"

Posted by on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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.

Conlin also has a blog post on the Happiness Report Card:

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.


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C'Mon. You guys are too cynical. I think some folks here need a group hug...

"Life's a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
You'll see it's all a show
Keep 'em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

And always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the right side of life...
(Come on guys, cheer up!)..."
Posted by SteveShay on April 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM · Report this
eh fuck you guys
Posted by pioneer on April 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 31
Oh shit. Maybe Conlin can get everyone together and we'll have the world's biggest group hug. That or the largest circle jerk.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on April 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM · Report this
MrBaker 30
At this point, Conlin is just jerking off in public, calling it leadership.
He can't leave office soon enough.
Posted by MrBaker on April 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM · Report this
I would have been happier if they had just decided to focus on Nickelsville.
Posted by duggers on April 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM · Report this
Simone 27
I would like to volunteer for the "The Happiness Patrol"
Posted by Simone on April 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM · Report this
@20, where's cheaper and better?

@21, Nice place to visit, but their economy sucks.
Posted by neo-realist on April 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM · Report this
GhostDog 25
@23. Open those weed stores! Being able to walk into a store and walk out with weed would make people very happy.
Posted by GhostDog on April 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 24
Hahahaha. This is hilarious.

But wasn't April Fools a couple weeks ago?

Wait. You mean this is a real thing?
Posted by Reverse Polarity on April 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM · Report this
merry 23
Well shitfire, we've already legalized weed....

Make it free, maybe?

Posted by merry on April 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM · Report this
treacle 22
They should just spike everything with MDMA, and it would end in a giant, lovey, cuddle-puddle.
Posted by treacle on April 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Kinison 20
@18 Im right there behind you. My lease ends in July, I'll be able to vote against McGinn in the primaries, then walk away from this hell hole of 20 years. Cant afford to live here anymore. 40k a year makes me too rich to get into low income or reduced housing, so while I can barely afford the ever rising rents here on First Hill, im saving nothing.
Posted by Kinison on April 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM · Report this
laterite 19
How about name tags? Everybody should wear name tags all the time to make the city friendlier.
Posted by laterite on April 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM · Report this
orino 18
Proof once again that Seattle is governed by idiots. So glad I don't live there anymore...
Posted by orino on April 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM · Report this
xaotica 17
this reminds me of a middle school health instructor who forced us all to chant "happy, healthy, feel fantastic. boy, am i enthusiastic!" and chastised us for not sounding happy enough. i began a daily habit of trying to practice saying those words with as much sincere sorrow and heartache as i could conjure. i tried to make it sound like i was about 30 seconds away from blowing my brains out. but i also had to say them in a low baritone to make it harder for her to identify it as me, so it was fairly challenging. it's really hard for me to imagine that there aren't things that could be done with this time and energy that would have a higher likelihood of bringing anyone a moment of happiness.
Posted by xaotica on April 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 16
I'd be happy if you'd all just do it my way.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on April 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM · Report this
While I suppose that it could be argued that we, as a society, should consciously strive towards human happiness as a goal, I don't see this as part of the proper role of the government.

I would be satisfied if the government restricted itself to protecting my rights and providing public resources. Generally speaking, if it is something that people can do for themselves, then the government shouldn't be doing it. We each have the responsibility to seek happiness for ourselves and we should each find our own way.
Posted by Charlie Mas on April 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Kinison 13
Quickly, someone get that 20/20 plan for solving all of SPD's abuse problems and lets re-tool it for Happiness. Free hugs anyone? Lets all join in circle and sing the song of Mackelmore and Huey Lewis!
Posted by Kinison on April 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM · Report this
brandon 12
I'll go, but just long enough to tell everyone to eat me. You're not supposed to be happy all the time. That's not how life it. Sometimes you get moments of joy, sometimes sadness, but most of it is boring. Unless you're on really good drugs, then its happy all the time.
Posted by brandon on April 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM · Report this
TVDinner 11
Why do we think it's necessary or even desirable to be happy? Life is difficult. It's in our nature to be unhappy and dissatisfied; that's what motivates us to strive to be better.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on April 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 10
@8, 9 - Xanax would be more effective for an evening event.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM · Report this
pfffter 9
@8 Unfortunately, prozac takes about 4 weeks to take effect. So maybe by the following month, the brain candy will have kicked in.
Posted by pfffter on April 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
ScandalMgr 8
"Richard Conlin will sponsor a Happiness Open House on Monday, April 22."

My guess is the success of the event will depend on having the following there:
1. food & drink that are prozac-based
2. handouts with instructions on how to make happy-face emoticons on your computer
3. party-favor handouts from big-pharma

There, Conlin, fixed it for you, you're welcome. Declare success to keep the sponsors happy.
Posted by ScandalMgr on April 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
jnmend 7
@1 won the comments, no one else post anything.
Posted by jnmend on April 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Cornichon 6
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (Further cynical observations to follow as warranted.)
Posted by Cornichon on April 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Madskillz80 5
While I love recommendations, I won't believe anything til it's written into policy and THEN the SPD can't mess it up for like, at least a few months.
Posted by Madskillz80 on April 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 4
I have an urge to kick a city council member in the balls right now. No idea why that feeling came over me..
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on April 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 3
@2 Well, you'd be happier, he'd be unhappier; it's probably a wash.
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on April 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
This sounds like the worst thing. If one of these guys comes up to me and encourages me to smile, and I punch him in the face, do we as a city fail at happiness?
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM · Report this
biffp 1
Monday? That sucks.
Posted by biffp on April 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM · Report this

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