Cities should make us happy by fostering emotionally intelligent design and creating closely connected communities, with the benefits shared by everyone. – Charles Montgomery

“Whatever creates or increases happiness, or some part of happiness, we ought to do; whatever destroys or hampers happiness, or gives rise to its opposite, we ought not to do,” said Aristotle. So what is a city for? I believe the answer is straightforward: the highest purpose of every city is to help residents achieve happiness. After all, happiness lies at the core of every decision most people make. As Freud said, we strive to become happy and remain so as long as possible.

There should be no question that happiness should be a worthy goal for city-builders. But what makes people happy in cities? Is it the sum total of pleasure minus pain? Is it wealth? Safety and security? Good health? Or meaningful work?

To find out, read the full article here: Connected World

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