Posts Tagged ‘healthy nations’

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Sun Aug 15th 2010 at 5:00pm UTC

Commuting Is Very Bad for You

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

That’s the overwhelming conclusion of a new Gallup-Healthways survey based on telephone interviews with 173,581 employed Americans over the past year.

The first chart shows the toll that commuting takes on physical health. Americans with longer commutes suffer higher levels of back pain, higher cholesterol, and higher levels of obesity. (more…)

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Apr 2nd 2010 at 10:55am UTC

Ricky Martin, Tolerance, and the Creative Class

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

“Why Ricky Martin’s Coming Out Wasn’t Big News” -  Julia Baird’s recent  Newsweek article – makes the important point that nations with more progressive attitudes toward homosexuality are also happier and healthier.  She writes:

Still, while it may have been a wrenching decision for Martin personally, there was something refreshing about eye rolling replacing homophobic invective. We should want his coming out to not be a big deal in whichever country we might live in. New research shows that tolerance of homosexuality is likely to mean we live in a democratic, developed, wealthy country. It should also mean we live in a well-educated country. And it may well mean we live in a relatively happy country.

She kindly cites my own recent research with Charlotta Mellander and Peter Rentfrow on happiness, socioeconomic structures, and tolerance. And she quotes Will Wilkinson of the Cato Institute on findings from Ronald Ingelhart’s World Values Survey which looks closely at this issue. (more…)