Why We Aren’t Happy…and a New Source of Happiness!


The Vancouver Foundation discovered a “high level of loneliness” in a recent survey, entitled Connections and Engagement, which sought to measure people’s feelings of connection to their friends and family and their engagement in their neighborhoods and metro Vancouver.

The report raised a lot of questions about the broader implications of personal happiness and community.

The report found that “Vancouver can be a hard place to make friends; our neighborhood connections are cordial but weak; [and] many people in metro Vancouver are retreating from community life.”

What’s more: “Over a third of us have no close friends outside our own ethnic group. And we generally believe that people prefer to be with others of the same ethnicity.”

And: “Most people believe Vancouver is becoming a resort town for the wealthy.”

If, in fact, we are not much interested in connecting to one another or being active in our community and are instead busily pursuing an individual happiness in whatever form it is packaged and sold to us, then the end is surely near. Or one would hope.

But I’m not convinced. And neither is the Vancouver Foundation. And neither is the North Vancouver Urban Forum. We encourage you to join us at 6.30pm on Wednesday evenings at the Cafe for Contemporary Art at 140 Esplanade East.

Contact us at: info@northvan-urbanforum.org

This note contains excerpts from Alfred Depew’s August 20, 2012 article “Why We Aren’t Happy”