The Emotional Wellbeing of La Familia Madrigal

I’m not a psychologist, but I’m very curious to know how one would analyze the characters of Encanto, Disney’s latest animated feature with a story that celebrates the depth of our personalities and the complexities of the human experience. I recently reviewed the movie Encanto, and why I feel it’s underlying message is so important. …

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What if Gratitude Could be Found in an Actual Place?

Are you living in a place of gratitude? “A place of gratitude”—ever heard a phrase like this?  Yes, I understand it’s meant to be figurative, much in the same way I understand people aren’t typically talking about real spaces when advising that we “find your happy place.” But… What if gratitude could be found in …

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Happy NPC21

Today kicks off the American Planning Association’s 2021 National Planning Conference! I am thrilled to be co-presenting at this year’s conference with Tufts University professor and co-author of Cognitive Architecture, Dr. Justin Hollander. Here, you can find information and additional resources related to our session, Using Mental Health Considerations for Designing Places. Session Details: The …

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Experience is in the Eye of the Beholder

On the Significance of the Subjective Component  My Hello Happy design research grew from an instinctive recognition of the spatiality of places. Given this, I believe that urban designers and planners have the ability to manipulate the qualities of a place with the intent of positively influencing the sensations, perceptions, emotions, and decision-making of people encountering that …

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