Because I’m happy…

Posted on May 16, 2017 by

Because I’m Happy!
Ma’ikwe Ludwig, Acting Development Director

News Flash! Researchers confirm that community is a happier, more meaningful way to live!

Well, that’s not actually news to those of us who live in community, but it is news―important news―for the rest of the world, which is very much in need of all of the above.

FIC is the premier organization in North America helping to spread good news like this. Can you support our work by making a donation today?

Here’s the good news for all of us: an international study just published in the journal Social Indicators Research shows that, of all the surveyed groups, the people with the highest level of life meaning were women living in intentional communities, followed closely by men living in community.

A second study focused on happiness, and the results were similar―people living in community consistently report being significantly happier than their non-communal counterparts.

Kids in Twin Oaks Hammock
Happiness starts young in community.
Some of the kids of Twin Oaks Community.


And here’s a little known fact about this study: FIC was a partner in making this, and other, studies happen, connecting communities to professional researchers, and bringing deeper legitimacy to the movement we all love. (In fact, some of you participated in this study!)

In addition to our many exciting new initiatives (like new books and a speaking tour!) we are also working on:

  • Creating a new press packet (helping insure the sensationalist, stereotype-ridden articles like this get published a lot less, and great articles like this one, featuring our Executive Director, Sky Blue, get published a lot more).
  • Making more improvements to our website especially geared toward making research like this on the movement easier.
  • Developing a more robust resource and consultants list to help community be an even happier place to live, because you can never have too much happy.

Help us get the word out with a spring donation to FIC!

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4 Replies to “Because I’m happy…”

Jason Swenyo Hilder

Hi there J Mc P,

I also enjoyed seeing the post. Its is great to have this type of research bringing this message.

Similar to Emilie, could you send the citation/reference of the article or a link to the title of the article in the Journal?


J McCune Porter

We’ll post citations in the comments here as soon as we hear back from the author of the email newsletters — at this moment she is on the road to FIC meetings.


Thanks for this excellent post. What is the siting for the article? I would love to find out more about what it said.

J McCune Porter

What does your question mean “What is the siting for the article?” ?

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