Portland Happiness Center and businesses on NE Alberta Street are partnering to create the first street to invest in happiness in the nation. In 2009, Portland was rated as one of the least happy cities in the country, according to a U.S. economic well -being survey from MainStreet.com, a personal finance site. Also, according to a 2014 study, Portland has one of the highest teenager and a dult depression and suicide rates in the nation. Our city could be happier – much happier. According to Portland Happiness Center’s founder Rodrigo Baena, companies and organizations that invest in wellness in the work environment experience a significant increase in productivity levels, improve relationships and naturally end up attracting more clients.
Businesses owners and employers that become members of the Happiness Center have the opportunity to create a community, meet monthly, learn tools to use in their work environments and go to talks and seminars. Individuals can also become members, receiving invitation to events, inspiring presentations, weekly news about happiness and personal growth and volunteering on one of the many projects the center holds monthly.
In 2015 the Portland Happiness Center was nominated to participate in the largest happiness conference in the world.