Somerville, Mass. and Happiness

Story in the NY Times (and Boston Globe) about how Somerville, Mass. is exploring citizen’s happiness and well-being, thanks to a local famous professor and a forward thinking politician:

Excerpt:

“We need to change our mind-set in how we serve people,’’ said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, who has been hailed at the White House for the city’s pioneering program against obesity. He called the happiness survey “a no-brainer’’ that he approved as soon as it was suggested.

“Cities keep careful track of their finances, but a bond rating doesn’t tell us how people feel or why they want to raise a family here or relocate a business here,’’ Curtatone said.

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