Happy Maps & Happy Lives – Where is your path taking you?

Brightly Illuminated

This lovely Ted Talk is by Daniel Quercia, a Map researcher at Yahoo! Labs in Barcelona, and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon it when Ted Conferences shared it a couple of weeks ago. The topic was very thought provoking.

I love Quercia’s idea of finding the most enjoyable path to your destination rather than simply following the fastest route possible. What he says is true. We do live in a world “fabricated for efficiency” rather than for joy. And for good reason! We are always hustling and bustling from one thing to the next and rarely even take the time to stop and breathe! As someone who values aesthetics and will choose a restaurant with the better atmosphere (even if it’s an extra 20 minute drive), it’s no surprise that I’m an advocate of the idea of taking the more beautiful path that may be a tad longer.

My favorite part of Quercia’s talk…

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