Can You Run A City Based On Happiness?

In Santa Monica, California, the government wants to make its citizens feel better.

It’s hard to imagine anyone being unhappy living in Santa Monica, California. The affluent beachfront city, a suburb of Los Angeles, is home to surfers, students, and celebrities mixed with vacationers have a good time.

But not everyone’s doing as well as you’d think. According to the city’s first well-being index—and one of the first put together by any city in the world—many of the city’s 90,000 residents feel disengaged in their civic and social life.

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