If you live in an apartment in Lynchburg, VA you might have been caught dancing in the streets. All over the city, Lynchburgers have been swaying to the sounds of “Happy” to celebrate the community's recent ranking as one of the happiest U.S. cities.
The Lynchburg metro area was ranked No. 37 in a nationwide Gallup-Healthways poll on well-being.
The rankings, based on phone surveys done in 189 metro areas nationwide, rely on indicators like sense of community, social support systems and sense of purpose in life.
“I just think it's absolutely wonderful,” Lynchburg Economic Development Director Marjette Upshur said.
Oftentimes, Lynchburg’s public discourse is dominated by serious business like the budget. This is a chance to celebrate the community’s quality of life and bring people together to share in a “sense of fun, community and camaraderie.”
The city had been toying with the idea of filming a “Happy” dance video, a growing online trend, even before the Gallup-Healthways poll came out.
The new poll kicked the project into high gear and grew to include about 30 groups and scenes overall.
City employees, business owners, college students, veterans and more all have busted a move for LTV's camera crews.
LTV, City Hall's broadcast station, will cut the footage into a new promotional video for the city.
We're just happy to be here. “We're happy to be a part of Lynchburg.