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Is happiness a reflection of your virtue?  Seattle measures happiness of its residents.

Is happiness a reflection of your virtue? Seattle measures happiness of its residents.

Happiness measured in SeattlePhilosophers have different ideas about what it is to be happy.  That hasn't stopped the City of Seattle to try to find out if its residents are happy.  The Seattle Area Happiness Index is the first of its kind in the United States.

An online survey asks Seattle's residents about:

  • Their physical and mental health;
  • Their material well being;
  • Their sense of community; and
  • How they manage their time between work, family and recreation.

The results aren't in yet.  In the meantime, philosophers continue to speculate about what happiness means.  David Long, Philosophy Professor at Bellevue College, told Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds,"If we really want to be happy, what we have to look for is how to live the good life, how to be a virtuous person."

Common wisdom is that if we want to be happy, we need to make others happy.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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