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What makes Brighton and Hove happy?

The Argus: What makes Brighton and Hove happy? What makes Brighton and Hove happy?

What is it about Brighton and Hove that makes you happy?

That’s the question being put to the city’s more than 250,000 residents in a bid to get people feeling good about themselves and their lives.

It might be sitting on the beach, getting involved with a community group, visiting the Royal Pavilion or going for a swim.

Or it could be meeting people in your local cafe or taking part in major events like the Brighton Marathon, Brighton Festival or Pride.

The city council and local NHS are joining forces, with support from The Argus, in a bid to find out what leads to happiness in Brighton and Hove and how they can create more of it.

They are hoping this will help them develop more ways to promote and encourage mental wellbeing.

The aim is to explore how wellbeing can be increased through use of existing services such as gyms and swimming pools, arts and culture, including theatres, cinemas, events and festivals, open spaces and parks and other attractions.

They will also be looking at health services for people with mental illnesses.

The two organisations want to decide what areas need further investment and what people need more information about.

They will also work towards making it easier to find and access a whole host of activities and help and support.

Christa Beesley, chief clinical officer for the city’s clinical commissioning group, said: “Together with the council we want to help create a city where people are supported in being happier and enjoying positive wellbeing.

“This might be through the arts and culture events on offer in the city or through the health services we provide, which can help people when they are struggling with mental health conditions.

“That’s why we have joined together to find out how people in Brighton and Hove are feeling.”

People interested in helping develop the strategy can fill out a survey about how they use services in the city and what helps them relax or makes them happy.

To complete it go to http://consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk/portal/nhs/health/happiness_and_mental_wellbeing/happiness__mental_wellbeing_survey.

An awareness event is also taking place on April 22 from 10am to noon at the Brighthelm Centre in North Road, Brighton.

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6:33am Tue 8 Apr 14

Green_Girl_1990 says...

Having a Green council, of course!
Having a Green council, of course! Green_Girl_1990
  • Score: -13

6:43am Tue 8 Apr 14

fred clause says...

No ones gonna be happy until we get rid of the Green Clowns ruining this Fine City.
No ones gonna be happy until we get rid of the Green Clowns ruining this Fine City. fred clause
  • Score: 9

7:04am Tue 8 Apr 14

HJarrs says...

The mix of beach and Downs, some fine examples of architecture, the growing network of cycle lanes, but without a doubt the standout thing that makes me happiest are the amazing people that live in the city and make it so vibrant and exciting to live in.
The mix of beach and Downs, some fine examples of architecture, the growing network of cycle lanes, but without a doubt the standout thing that makes me happiest are the amazing people that live in the city and make it so vibrant and exciting to live in. HJarrs
  • Score: -10

8:25am Tue 8 Apr 14

spa301 says...

Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
Having a Green council, of course!
yawnnnnnn....
[quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: Having a Green council, of course![/p][/quote]yawnnnnnn.... spa301
  • Score: 2

9:11am Tue 8 Apr 14

Wide Bertha says...

nothing pleases me more than opening the Argus website, and regaling myself with the errors and poor reporting, not to mention the extreme trolling by some of the commenters
nothing pleases me more than opening the Argus website, and regaling myself with the errors and poor reporting, not to mention the extreme trolling by some of the commenters Wide Bertha
  • Score: 5

9:57am Tue 8 Apr 14

cynic_the says...

The knowledge that I was here when Brighton was still a great place to live.
The knowledge that I was here when Brighton was still a great place to live. cynic_the
  • Score: 7

11:22am Tue 8 Apr 14

the red head says...

I'm so pleased that the green council are funding this, despite the recent cutbacks in housing benefit, refuse collection, education, charity and so on. This is what makes me happy about Brighton and hove, the constant bemused cynical smile about the loons who consistently flout their power to 'spin' rather than get gritty with the real problems. It's a joke! Our cultural scene is bursting already and we don't need the council to try and jump on the bandwagon in order to take credit. What an arrogant, misguided lunacy they roll out.

I suggest everyone boycotts this pathetic survey and make sure the council don't get the opportunity to soil or own the people's culture that continues despite their disgusting attempts to control all aspects our lives.
I'm so pleased that the green council are funding this, despite the recent cutbacks in housing benefit, refuse collection, education, charity and so on. This is what makes me happy about Brighton and hove, the constant bemused cynical smile about the loons who consistently flout their power to 'spin' rather than get gritty with the real problems. It's a joke! Our cultural scene is bursting already and we don't need the council to try and jump on the bandwagon in order to take credit. What an arrogant, misguided lunacy they roll out. I suggest everyone boycotts this pathetic survey and make sure the council don't get the opportunity to soil or own the people's culture that continues despite their disgusting attempts to control all aspects our lives. the red head
  • Score: 9

12:47pm Tue 8 Apr 14

rolivan says...

What is the point in the Survey the Council doesn't listen anyway. As for making the Residents unhappy how long is a piece of string?
What is the point in the Survey the Council doesn't listen anyway. As for making the Residents unhappy how long is a piece of string? rolivan
  • Score: 6

1:35pm Tue 8 Apr 14

pachallis says...

HJarrs wrote:
The mix of beach and Downs, some fine examples of architecture, the growing network of cycle lanes, but without a doubt the standout thing that makes me happiest are the amazing people that live in the city and make it so vibrant and exciting to live in.
@HJarrs - I'm confused - I can appreciate architecture and the beach and the downs, and I must not be networking with the amazing people you mention, but WTF has a growing network of cycle lanes to do with making us happy?

Other than, of course, the result of a self-righteous un-trained cyclist on an un-roadworthy bike, disobeying all the rules of the road (as is their self-proclaimed right), and having a (hopefully minor) accident and then blaming everyone else for it - priceless!
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The mix of beach and Downs, some fine examples of architecture, the growing network of cycle lanes, but without a doubt the standout thing that makes me happiest are the amazing people that live in the city and make it so vibrant and exciting to live in.[/p][/quote]@HJarrs - I'm confused - I can appreciate architecture and the beach and the downs, and I must not be networking with the amazing people you mention, but WTF has a growing network of cycle lanes to do with making us happy? Other than, of course, the result of a self-righteous un-trained cyclist on an un-roadworthy bike, disobeying all the rules of the road (as is their self-proclaimed right), and having a (hopefully minor) accident and then blaming everyone else for it - priceless! pachallis
  • Score: 8

1:45pm Tue 8 Apr 14

pachallis says...

rolivan wrote:
What is the point in the Survey the Council doesn't listen anyway. As for making the Residents unhappy how long is a piece of string?
@rolivan - I too think this is a bit of a waste of time and money, but if you look at the survey (the link is actually wrong and you have to remove an extra full stop at the end) then it is not just green-spin.

AFAIK it is really more about being happier and is being driven by the NHS - it's about not being lonely and mixing with people, being active, appreciating the world around you (mindfulness), keeping your mind active and learning new things and new skills, volunteering and helping the community.

And the main thing, to me, is having things to look forward to - in my case it will be 13 months time when we can start dancing in the street when this green 'led' administration finally disappears into the obscurity it so richly deserves!
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: What is the point in the Survey the Council doesn't listen anyway. As for making the Residents unhappy how long is a piece of string?[/p][/quote]@rolivan - I too think this is a bit of a waste of time and money, but if you look at the survey (the link is actually wrong and you have to remove an extra full stop at the end) then it is not just green-spin. AFAIK it is really more about being happier and is being driven by the NHS - it's about not being lonely and mixing with people, being active, appreciating the world around you (mindfulness), keeping your mind active and learning new things and new skills, volunteering and helping the community. And the main thing, to me, is having things to look forward to - in my case it will be 13 months time when we can start dancing in the street when this green 'led' administration finally disappears into the obscurity it so richly deserves! pachallis
  • Score: 7

2:59pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Just trying to earn a crust says...

What makes Brighton and Hove happy? The thought that in just over a year we can get rid of this ridiculous green council, and start the get Brighton and Hove back to being the great place to live that it used to be. Absolutely no point in filling out the survey as the Green council have proved time and time again that they don't take any notice of surveys, or any other consultation process they are involved in. Roll on 2015
What makes Brighton and Hove happy? The thought that in just over a year we can get rid of this ridiculous green council, and start the get Brighton and Hove back to being the great place to live that it used to be. Absolutely no point in filling out the survey as the Green council have proved time and time again that they don't take any notice of surveys, or any other consultation process they are involved in. Roll on 2015 Just trying to earn a crust
  • Score: 11

3:07pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Mr P Brown says...

I don't know about everyone else, personally I wont be happy until that t055er Kttykat and the rest of his green idiots are as far away from Brighton as possible. Only then will I know that they can't do any more damage to the city
I don't know about everyone else, personally I wont be happy until that t055er Kttykat and the rest of his green idiots are as far away from Brighton as possible. Only then will I know that they can't do any more damage to the city Mr P Brown
  • Score: 8

4:09pm Tue 8 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

HJarrs wrote:
The mix of beach and Downs, some fine examples of architecture, the growing network of cycle lanes, but without a doubt the standout thing that makes me happiest are the amazing people that live in the city and make it so vibrant and exciting to live in.
do you get paid by the post ,happy ? have a look at the state of the roads/streets of this city look at how many homeless people live in the doorway of this city s shops and then tell me its a happy place to live
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The mix of beach and Downs, some fine examples of architecture, the growing network of cycle lanes, but without a doubt the standout thing that makes me happiest are the amazing people that live in the city and make it so vibrant and exciting to live in.[/p][/quote]do you get paid by the post ,happy ? have a look at the state of the roads/streets of this city look at how many homeless people live in the doorway of this city s shops and then tell me its a happy place to live whatevernext2013
  • Score: 5

12:34pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Alison Smith says...

You can't beat eating fish and chips on Brighton front, looking out to sea on a beautiful sunny day #happiness
You can't beat eating fish and chips on Brighton front, looking out to sea on a beautiful sunny day #happiness Alison Smith
  • Score: 0

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