Los Angeles Well-Being Project

submission by HappyCity

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

HappyCity Los Angeles

Organization(s) website(s):

http://www.happycity.us/

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

https://twitter.com/happycityus

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

https://www.facebook.com/happycity.us

Please share the direct link for voters to sign up for your newsletter(s):

http://eepurl.com/by7v9P

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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HappyCity is committed to helping communities reach their goal of Vision 80 -- to lead us toward health, rather than sickness -- while enabling us to build and strengthen the bonds between friends, families and strangers that give life meaning.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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The Los Angeles Well-being Project is a collaborative campaign aimed at building the momentum and advancing a shift toward resilience, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. Expanding on the "Happiness & Well-Being Index" in Los Angeles from 2014, HappyCity Los Angeles will bring together local leaders in government, civil society organizations, media, businesses, and economists to develop strategies for distributed leadership for policies and practices that make Vision 80 a reality.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.

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"Let's remember that happiness is a powerful tool for improving health. Creating more happiness in our lives and the lives of the people around us can be one of the most important steps we can take to creating a healthier and stronger world" – U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy (https://youtu.be/8AMcNQKeKpg)

The Los Angeles Well-being Project’s Vision 80 is a strategy to measure and improve our current state of well-being to lead us toward health, rather than sickness – while shifting toward resilience, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Bhutan in 2010 with the concept that was introduced in the 1970s, Vision 80 is intended on gaining momentum in major cities across the U.S.

The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of well-being. Furthermore, the concept has been explained by its four pillars: good governance, sustainable socio-economic development, cultural preservation, and environmental conservation.

The process to make Los Angeles the healthiest place to live will be examined through the lens of exploring our well-being by first defining what Los Angeles needs to thrive, then to get the data that would show how Los Angeles measures up and lastly by getting the community and government leaders together to take action on what is needed to make the improvement.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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The Los Angeles Wellbeing Project’s Vision 80 will be evaluated based on a single index ranging from 0 to 100 with the goal to exceed 80 based on the data collected from respondents from the Gross National Happiness Index surveys. An example of the output that this methodology can provide can be seen at the website: http://www.happycity.us/los-angeles.html

In order to work in conjunction with the goals set forth by LA 2050, our “Los Angeles Wellbeing Project’s Vision 80” will aim to target meeting those goals by 2050.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

Discussion
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I love what happy city is doing for our Communities

by Hinekat
6 months ago

We need to start somewhere to get our community together to care about our cities. And HappyCity finally gives the focus back on making the cities better on what makes a city better based on your value. A HappyCity to me is clean air and oceans. And I have the support of the city now to do so. Way to go HappyCiry.

by Surfdog
6 months ago

Sustainable Law Group P.C. is so excited for this opportunity to make our home town of LA the happiest and healthiest place to live! #VoteHappyCity #LAWellBeing

by sustainable-lawyer
6 months ago

GOOoooo HappyCity Los Angeles! Only 4 more days of voting left but we can do this! #Get2Top10!! #VoteHappyCity #LAWellBeing

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

This is our time to make the change in the things that we hold as important to the quality of life. Wellness has been the past word of choice but Happiness is the newest word to reflect all aspects that make up our world.

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

HappyCity is a great movement to get help make a difference.

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

Research has supported the effects of a negative work environment to productivity. Where the difference seen of negative or toxic work environment can have staff who will call sick more often. And effects the bottom line profits to the company. This ends up becoming a lecture all on its own.

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

I love what HappyCityLA is doing for the city of Los Angeles! Great organization with such a positive purpose. :)

by acunha
6 months ago

I've been following HappyCityLa for a while now and it always looks like a blast! Its exactly what this city needs, more positivity! Good luck!!!

by LexaPayne
6 months ago

Great purpose HappyCityLA! I love what your team is doing! Best of Luck!

by zhajar
6 months ago

Change your thoughts and you change the world.....

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

People have gotten so negative in all aspects of life. From Government, home and community. And there
has to be people that will make a social movement of unity to some degree. Everyone is moving so fast and life goes by even faster so when do people enjoy it? Let's start creating a culture that change and appreciation of our earth.

by Cpeter23
6 months ago

"Happiness is a direction, not a place."
~Sydney J. Harris

Kudos to the Happy City LA team for providing the City of Angels with the guidance and direction to truly be a great place to live!

by BrotherHowieB
6 months ago

happyness can improve your health and life join Happycity and bring joy and happyness to all of Los Angeles.

by Happymom101
6 months ago

Greetings,
Good health=happiness!
Problem:
1. 80% of population will experience low back pain in their lifetime.
2. 35% of population suffers from serious chronic low back pain issues which require pain medication.
3. When people are disabled in pain & depression, they negatively effect those who surround them over time.
4. Chronic low back pain has emerged as the #1 disability in Los Angeles and around the World!

True happiness can only be achieved when chronic illness is abolished with in your inner circle & community.

Solution:
2008-2015 Complementary Integrative Health based biomechanic research has uncovered the medical mystery of low back pain. I explain the cause of Degenerative Disc Disease and how this leads to lumbar inflammation, bulging discs, sciatica symptoms, subluxation, aLBP, cLBP, failed spinal fusion surgery, disability, anger, financial ruin, depression...

Any forms of happiness become rare and short lived when experiencing low back pain for the patient, family(especially kids trying to learn), friends & community.

Your medical doctor will treat your symptoms. I promise to heal the cause of DDD and train you to regenerate your lumbar spine to abolish chronic low back pain with our pioneered IP process.

No surgery, no pills, no machine, no device, no back brace, nothing to eat or drink, no strenuous exercise.

I will educate you about Intelligent Design of the Spine. How the Thoracolumbar Fascia functions. How & when to measure & maintain for Spine 24/7Flex Mobility. Once you comprehend the Spine is 100% manageable. We will begin to train your Spine w/heat pad, chair, meditation/prayer and our Bio mechanic IP process.

I 100% guarantee to improve low back pain condition of every person. I can make that statement with confidence because I have solved the medical mystery that is the #1 disability around the World. Your doctor or specialist can not explain in detail with Bio science & foo mechanics as I do.

Please reply towards collaboration and we will abolish chronic low back pain in Los Angeles. When we do so, we shift MadtoGlad consciousness towards more HAPPINESS.

by ddotdan
6 months ago

Greetings,
Good health=happiness!
Problem:
1. 80% of population will experience low back pain in their lifetime.
2. 35% of population suffers from serious chronic low back pain issues which require pain medication.
3. When people are disabled in pain & depression, they negatively effect those who surround them over time.
4. Chronic low back pain has emerged as the #1 disability in Los Angeles and around the World!

True happiness can only be achieved when chronic illness is abolished with in your inner circle & community.

Solution:
2008-2015 Complementary Integrative Health based biomechanic research has uncovered the medical mystery of low back pain. I explain the cause of Degenerative Disc Disease and how this leads to lumbar inflammation, bulging discs, sciatica symptoms, subluxation, aLBP, cLBP, failed spinal fusion surgery, disability, anger, financial ruin, depression...

Any forms of happiness become rare and short lived when experiencing low back pain for the patient, family(especially kids trying to learn), friends & community.

Your medical doctor will treat your symptoms. I promise to heal the cause of DDD and train you to regenerate your lumbar spine to abolish chronic low back pain with our pioneered IP process.

No surgery, no pills, no machine, no device, no back brace, nothing to eat or drink, no strenuous exercise.

I will educate you about Intelligent Design of the Spine. How the Thoracolumbar Fascia functions. How & when to measure & maintain for Spine 24/7Flex Mobility. Once you comprehend the Spine is 100% manageable. We will begin to train your Spine w/heat pad, chair, meditation/prayer and our Bio mechanic IP process.

I 100% guarantee to improve low back pain condition of every person. I can make that statement with confidence because I have solved the medical mystery that is the #1 disability around the World. Your doctor or specialist can not explain in detail with Bio science & foo mechanics as I do.

Please reply towards collaboration and we will abolish chronic low back pain in Los Angeles. When we do so, we shift MadtoGlad consciousness towards more HAPPINESS.

by ddotdan
6 months ago

Happiness is an outcome we aim for everyday. To be living in a city that embraces happiness in the lives of its residents would be remarkable. HappyCity provides the process and tools to gather information necessary to educate, connect, play, work, and live in a city where one's well-being is nurtured and respected. My vote is for happily ever after!

by MarisolB
6 months ago

What is more important than happiness? And if happiness is so important, then our decisionmakers need to explicitly focus on making happier communities. Happy Cities is helping to make this happen!

by GarrettSchneider
6 months ago

The thing we all have in common? The desire to be happy! However, it's not something that you can just "get" it's something that has complex and multifaceted causes - and I love HappyCity for taking on those causes that will elevate everyone's happiness!

by BeckiU
6 months ago

A happy person sparks the flame to spread that happiness to one's family, friends, city, state ... world. I believe in Happy City because they are the kindle that starts the spark both within and without. Take Action and support Happy City and turn that internal spark into an external flame.

by Brigidann
6 months ago

To have a thriving Los Angeles, it's residents - the lifeblood of this city - need to first and foremost be happy and healthy. HappyCity has the potential to make a substantial impact on the future of our great city and the communities and residents who call LA home.

by BH2011
6 months ago

A happy city is a healthy city! How fortunate we are to have such a positive presence working hard to make Los Angeles a happier and healthier place to #LIVE! Vote Happy City for a brighter future for all Angelenos!

by anastasiabutl3r
6 months ago

So thrilled to be a part of this team and to spread happiness all throughout Los Angeles (and the U.S.) - join us!

by lucytseng
6 months ago

This sooo important! A great city must be a happy city to be truly sucessful!

by wfhogan
6 months ago

Happiness enriches individuals and can lead to positive change in the quality of life of our communities. With a foundation based on research and analysis, this change can be understood and implemented through policy changes. A healthy community is an investment in the future for our current and future generations. Please join me in supporting Happy City in this important ground breaking endeavor in the City of Los Angeles.

by MarkKim
6 months ago

Working on creating a place of Happy People creates healthy communities and healthy workplaces. Which spreads to Happy Healthy People helping others become Happy and Healthy. What a concept to live in a world that could be a better place to live now and in the future.

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

"Happiness Heals" may appear to be a lightweight slogan - though studies indicate tthe most important tool to effect positive change is by increasing a person's happiness barometer - join me in supporting Happy City's efforts to increase well-being for all citizens.

by WMirabella
6 months ago

" Happiness Heals" may seem like a lightweight slogan, though studies show the most important tool to effect positive change is to measure a person's happiness barometer - join me in supporting Happy City's efforts to increase well-being for all citizens.

by WMirabella
6 months ago

"Happy People = Happy City = Healthy Los Angeles" - let's do this! Make LA the Best Place to #LIVE #VoteHappyCity #LAWellBeing Project!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Thanks so much for your support!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Thanks so much for your support!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Thanks so much for your support!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

We thank you so much for your support. And you are exactly the type of person that helps make
HappyCity happen. We are starting to spread HappyCity to other Cities. We hope you can join us some time.

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

"Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others." - Henry Drummond

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." - Dalai Lama

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony" - Mahatma Gandhi

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"The happy city revolution can start right at the front door and every one of us has the power to alter our city; anyone who cared enough could change the way the city worked" - Quote in Happy City by Charles Montgomery

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"The city that acknowledges and celebrates our common fate, that opens doors to empathy and cooperation, will help us tackle the greatest challenges of this century" - Quote in Happy City by Charles Montgomery

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"Cities must be regarded as more than engines of wealth; they must be viewed as systems that should be shaped to improve human well-being" - Quote in Happy City by Charles Montgomery

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"One of the requirements for happiness is equality; not in the sense of income but equality of life and more than that; an environment where people don't feel inferior, where people don't feel excluded" - Quote in Happy City by Charles Montgomery

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Enrique Penalosa, Mayor of Happy - one of the central figures in the movement that is changing the structure and soul of cities around the world poured his budget into hundreds of miles of bike path; a vast new chain of parks and pedestrian plazas; and a network of new libraries, schools, and day-care centers. He built the city's first rapid transit system, using buses instead of trains. He hiked gas taxes and banned drivers from commuting by car more than three times a week. What's a HappyCity to you?

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"We Thrive on Action" - 1 of 10 Core Values of HappyCity. Let's do this!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

"A happier city might well be expected to reveal a greener, more resilient city, a place that saves the world while saving our own lives" - Quote in Happy City by Charles Montgomery

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Agreed!

by lucytseng
6 months ago

Let's make happiness a priority on how we #LIVE in our beloved City of Los Angeles!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Cheers to co-creating a culture of happiness and well-being, one city at a time!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Thanks for your support on our "Vision 80" initiative, a strategy to measure and improve our state of well-being in Los Angeles! Your support gets us one step closer to making it a reality!

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Thank you so much.

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

We are so thankful for your kind words and support. Please pass the word along.

by Cpeter12
6 months ago

Let's aim to "Love the Life we #LIVE, #LIVE the Life we Love" - Bob Marley

by mika.yagi
6 months ago

Ditto!

by lucytseng
6 months ago

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Winner Announced
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