Living in a Wealthy Neighborhood Might Make You More Materialistic

Keeping up with the Joneses could be quite the harmful habit.


How to Make Cities Happier Places

It's (relatively) easy: Add green space.


How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.


The Wealthy Country Trap

New research finds life satisfaction peaks around $36,000 GDP per capita. Then it goes down.

Jonathan Hull

Mapping the Glum Inequality of Happiness in the World

The happiest countries on Earth are rich and European; the most miserable are located in impoverished Sub-Saharan Africa.


Twitter Can Tell Whether Your Community Is Happy or Not

The results of a study of 82 million tweets from 1,300 counties.

The Happiest Cities in America, According to 10 Million Tweets

People in Napa, California, sure are satisfied. And the saddest places all swear too much.

A Map of New York City's Moods

The Financial District is one of the angriest places in Manhattan, according to software that measures emotion.

Kaid Benfield

Do Cities Really Makes Us Happier?

We need places that foster positive human interaction, but they don't have to be urban.


Why College Towns Are Happy Towns

According to new data from Gallup, university towns are the happiest metro areas in the country.


Why the Places We Live Make Us Happy

The strange factors that impact whether we're content where we live.

An Emoticon That Measures a City's Happiness

Interactive art installation calibrates the mood of Lindau, Germany


How Happy Is Seattle?

The "Happiness Initiative" aims to measure well-being in cities across the country

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The Great Urban-Rural Happiness Debate

Some numbers say small-town folk are happier than city folk, but the true story is much more complicated


Greater Competitiveness Does Not Have to Mean Greater Inequality

Turns out the U.S. is an outlier when it comes to creative paths to prosperity


How Happy Are You With Your City? Somerville Finds Out

Boston suburb asks its citizens to rate their happiness