San Luis Obispo gets more “happy” press
April 8, 2011
By LISA RIZZO
San Luis Obispo gets another plug as the nation’s happiest city–this time from one of the country’s leading newspapers, USA Today.
The Central Coast city was featured in the life and travel section of Friday’s USA Today newspaper and can also be seen on the publication’s website which includes colorful photos and video.
“The Happiest Town in the Whole USA is surrounded by lush hills that at this time of year are so intensely green, they practically sparkle. A refreshing breeze wafts in from the Pacific, just 10 miles away,” writes Jayne Clark, USA Today reporter in her article “San Luis Obispo: The happiest place in the USA.”
Among the highlights, downtown restaurant Novo gets a flattering plug along with Apple Farm Inn, Smiling Dog Yoga, the EcoBambino store, Sweet Earth Chocolate, and Wolff Vineyards Winery.
San Luis Obispo has drawn national attention more recently since talk-show diva Oprah aired a segment in January featuring the city as the happiest town in the whole U.S. The designation followed Dan Buettner’s book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way.
“The place is a landmine of social opportunities. Even introverts are happier when they’re around other people,” the author said.
Buettner used databases that measure quality of life and personal well-being to discover the happiest spots on Earth. Copenhagen came in first in the world.
The writers attribute all the happiness to the people and their environment—the characteristics: broad sidewalks, outdoor cafes, plazas and green spaces, opportunities to be active and eat fresh, healthy food.
San Luis Obispo is a designated bike friendly city and has a wealth of trails and peaks for outdoor hiking and enjoyment. Its Thursday night Farmers Market and Bubblegum Alley were also highlighted as contributions to the city’s delight.