04 Jul '11, 4pm

What Does "The Pursuit of Happiness" Mean For American Communities?

The writers of the Declaration of Independence had a way with words; the promise of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness has a ring to it in a way that Canada's Peace, Order and Good Government doesn't. Over at the NRDC Switchboard , Kaid Benfield writes a long post about happiness, trying to answer the questions: So the concept of happiness is embedded in our national DNA. But does "the pursuit" of this "inalienable Right" have meaning for public policy? For community? For the environment? For land use and planning? Benfield makes the case that happiness owes much to our environment. He quotes Alain De Botton: One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings and streets we're surrounded by. Yet for a nation that has happiness written into its declaration of independen...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/pursuit-of-happin...

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