- In your car, during one of the rare moments of traffic fluidity.
- A suite at Shutters on the beach, facing the ocean in Santa Monica.
- Standing in line for a hot dog at Pinks on Melrose and La Brea.
Ok seriously, let me try to measure the question with a few examples. Now my method of measuring happiness will utilize the most scientific & sophisticated tools available today – the Russell eye test. Yup, my own two eyes.
Yes, finding happiness in Los Angeles has a different meaning for each person. Los Angeles is the second most populated city in the United States with close to four million residents (12 million in the county of Los Angeles). I know what you’re thinking – that’s a ton of people texting while driving right? Communicating with your fingers while operating a 3,000 pound vehicle – can that be considered happiness? Maybe. Maybe not.
There’s over 1,000 Starbucks locations within a 50 mile radius of Los Angeles which means that if every location were open from 4:30 to midnight, everyone of – legal coffee drinking age – in Los Angeles can drink their favorite latte without waiting. You can also become a card-carrying member of the laptop in a coffee shop community. Make sure you sharpen your intense stare at your monitor look. Happiest place? Maybe. maybe not.
Los Angeles County Jail?
171,000 people are processed through the Los Angeles jail system every year according to the Vera institute of Justice with a daily population of 19,000. Imagine a sold out Los Angeles Clipper home game at Staples Center. That’s what 19,000 looks like. Everyday. According to everything I’ve seen, 19,000 is consistent year to year. Someone’s happy with that number and my guess is that it isn’t the inmates right? Maybe. Maybe not.
With over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, an average yearly temperature of 75 degrees and seven hours of sunshine daily – the weather kicks major ass right? A typical summer weekend will attract over 100,000 Angelenos to the shore for some sun, fun and a week worth of sand in your shoes & car (surprisingly, I haven’t entered the ocean in over 20 years). Happiest place? Maybe. Maybe not.
I can give you a dozen more, but you get the picture. So – I conclude by saying that the happiest place in Los Angeles is in your mind, body & spirit. If you’re not happy today – try again tomorrow. Sun rises at 6:40 A.M.