The geography of happiness

How much is your happiness dependent on what country you live in?

That’s tough to say, but by and large, Americans are pretty happy; in fact, we’re ranked 16th in the world. From Science Daily:

Denmark tops the list of surveyed nations, along with Puerto Rico and Colombia. A dozen other countries, including Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden also rank above the United States, which maintains about the same relative position as it did in WVS’s 2000 survey.

“Though by no means the happiest country in the world, from a global perspective the U.S. looks pretty good,” says Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the university, who directs the study. “The country is not only prosperous; it ranks relatively high in gender equality, tolerance of ethnic and social diversity and has high levels of political freedom.”

And Richard Florida correctly points out the money quote, by Inglehart: “Ultimately, the most important determinant of happiness is the extent to which people have free choice in how to live their lives.”

Read the article here. HT: Richard Florida

Follow the Crumb Trail to local produce

Wondering when all those farmers markets around the area are open and what they might have? And realizing that they’re not listed in the phone book?

The author of a new blog, The Crumb Trail, has as its stated purpose:

Sources for locally grown produce, meat, and dairy in Allen and surrounding counties in IN.

Find out about new and favorite farm markets by keeping to the Crumb Trail.

— Photo from The Crumb Trail

The Good City awakens

I keep finding links and stories that I want to share, and then I think to myself, “Oh, that’s right. I’m on hiatus.”

So, TGC is back! But what have I been doing?

jonswerens.com

I’ve been working on my own personal Web site, www.jonswerens.com, for quite a while now. Coming soon there: Some video of a concert of mine in Angola, Ind., back in April.

Plus, I’ve been adding features such as easy-to-print and -email posts, and a groovy-cool Gig Calendar for when I actually get back to performing concerts again.

thegoodcity.com

As you may or may not know, I own the domain name thegoodcity.com, but that URL just transfers you to this WordPress.com blog. 

But when I change Web hosting providers in a month or two, I will be able to afford hosting under the URL itself. That looks a step more professional and allows me more technical flexibility in how to set up this blog.

After the switch, your old links likely won’t work and your RSS feed and auto-email thingy will need to be reset.

Stay tuned for more changes!