laughing friends Cam and DianaThe Happiness Santa Fe Initiative kicked off its Sustainable Happiness Week on Saturday at the Santa Fe Farmers Market with a formal city proclamation, music, hugs and, of course, a message board where people could write down the things that bring them joy.

One of the driving forces behind the project is Dr. Merle Lefkoff, who was invited last year by the Prime Minister of Bhutan to help promote that country’s “Gross National Happiness” index at the United Nations.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe is the second city in the United States to take on the Happiness Initiative – Seattle was the first.

Among the events planned for each day this week is a film viewing of the documentary “Happy”  on Tuesday followed by a chocolate reception.

Organizers said they hope the movement will eventually spread across the state.

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