Monday, September 1, 2014 |
After decades of suburban sprawl, development is returning to the city. But at what cost? Charles Montgomery explores this question in Happy City. By looking at the intersection of happiness studies and urban design, Montgomery uncovers interesting ideas about how we can lead happy, fulfilling lives - and thrive, as individuals and as a society, in a dense urban environment.
As much as we complain about other people, there is nothing worse for mental health than a social desert. The more connected we are to family and community, the less likely we are to experience heart attacks, strokes, cancer and depression. Connected people sleep better at night. They live longer. They consistently report being happier.
From Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery ©2013. Published by Doubleday Canada.