The Pursuit of Happiness in the United States.
What makes for a happy society? Real food, some sunshine, walkable/bikeable, affordable housing, resilient economy, access to Nature and education, low crime, high tolerance, active citizens…what else? ~ ed.
“[Boulder is] mainlining the vibe of well-being.” ~ CBS News.
Maybe Boulder’s liberal eco-responsible active foodie well-educated types have the right idea, after all.
Boulder, Colorado, my and elephant’s hometown, wins lots of awards.
Recently, we were named Gallup Poll’s Happiest Town in America. And it’s true. It’s a happy place. 300 days of sunshine a year. Foodiest town in the US (Gourmet)—meaning local, organic, artisanal cooking by some of the best. A great farmers’ market. You can bike everywhere, and let the car rust (or sell it, as I did, some years ago). 33% of families own a dog—it’s dog heaven. But this is no Stepford Wives/Desperate Housewives town—it’s a rugged, dry, real place—a place for athletes and tech entrepreneurs and students, with a cafe and/or yoga studio on every other corner.
The upside? Every morning I’m grateful to wake up here. The downside? When I travel, I always feel like I’m missing out.
Below, CBS reports on what differentiates Boulder from, say, Huntington, West Virginia (which some will know from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution TV show).
“I lived in San Francisco, lived in Miami, New York City, Chicago, and I just think that this community—for me and what I wanted to do—it just fit.”
May 8, 2011 7:13 AM
Sunday Morning correspondent Jim Axelrod’s new book “In The Long Run” took him across the country to two very different communities to find out what beckons us to the pursuit of happiness.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7365364n&tag=related;photovideo#ixzz1LpblJ7ob
hot on elephant
A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 1,395 share Learn to Rock your Social Media & Write Mindfully with Waylon Lewis & Elephant’s Editors. 5 shares 2017 is The Year of Kali, Goddess of Endings & Beginnings. 17,819 shares The Best Marriage Advice from a Divorced Woman. 2,063 shares If you Love her, Don’t Destroy Her. 11,914 shares How to Disentangle ourselves from Karmic Relationships that Drive us Crazy. 156 shares The True Meaning of Friday the 13th (isn’t what we think). 5,256 shares The 6 Best Spiritual Teachings of Wayne Dyer to help us Get Over Ourselves. 1,842 share Use This Buddhist Practice to Overcome Self-Doubt. 421 shares The Technique that helps me make Decisions under Pressure (& has Saved my Life More than Once). 289 shares