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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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Measuring Happiness in Society

Last month, we talked about defining happiness. Among a handful of definitions, we pulled Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky’s definition out as the best. Happiness refers to “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.” Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky The strength and appeal of Dr. Lyubomirsky’s …

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