How do we know if a community is happy and thriving? Most often we look to economic data – median household income, percent home ownership, employment and poverty rates – to gauge a community’s health and happiness.
But many social and behavioral scientists (including economists) and community activists question the degree to which we rely upon economic data to measure social well-being. The beautiful “stuff” of everyday life (like art, social relationships, personal interactions, opportunities for learning, interactions with nature) is not easily captured by basic economic indicators. This “stuff” is nonetheless an important reflection of a community’s happiness and well-being.
So, we would like to know, what about living in Tucson makes you happy?
Put your thoughts in the space below and find out what others have to say.
What about Tucson makes you happy?
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It is better to give than to receive. A recent study found that people are happier when they use their money to benefit others rather than themselves (e.g., presents for friends, charitable giving).