I enjoyed taking the community happiness survey this morning. It measures your happiness on a wide range of experiences — personal relationships, job, income, arts and culture, education, outdoor activities, public safety, health, spirituality and so on.
It also asks if you are happy with your government, local and national, on rankings such as transparency, effectiveness and ability to listen.
Taking the survey reminded me of all the benefits of our foothills’ lifestyle, despite the negative aspects that we discuss on Sierra Foothills Report and elsewhere.
My score was 68 on a scale of 0 to 100. Fifty is considered average for adults.
The survey is here.
Thanks to Reinette Senum and others for organizing this excercise. Nobody ever said a happiness survey is the linchpin to our community’s future — but it is an element of civility and introspection, and I appreciate that.
A ranking of the happiest cities, from another survey, is here. Some cities, such as San Luis Obispo, use it as a marketing tool.