What Makes Naples So Happy?
November 1, 2017
Naples has a habit of landing on a lot of “Best of” lists. The most recent was when Dan Buettner, National Geographic fellow and founder of The Blue Zones Project, teamed up with Gallup to determine the nation’s 25 happiest places. Naples came in at No. 11.
So, what is it about Naples that makes the people here so content? We asked Buettner himself. He’s studied the issues of happiness and healthy living for years. Most recently, he’s published The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People.
“Naples is a great example of how everyone could be living,” he says.
Here are a few reasons Naples stands apart that Buettner has noticed.
Walkability. He points to downtown Naples, specifically Fifth Avenue South. The areas are designed with foot traffic in mind. You can hear a concert in the park, grab a bit to eat, then browse the shops. The happiest towns tend to be the most bikeable or walkable.