[CONTEST] Choosing the Happy City – #HAPPYCITY Selfies


Do we live in neighbourhoods that make us happy?

Can we design our cities and transportation systems to maximize happiness?

For years, self-help experts have told us that we need to do inner work in order to improve our lives. But new insights in psychology, economics and brain science suggest that our cities have the power to make or break our happiness.

In his new book, Happy City, a Vancouver-based author Charles Montgomery shows how urban systems, including transportation, impact our lives and shape our emotions and behaviour in ways most of us never recognize.

How about you? Is there a place in Surrey that makes you happy? Or a place in our city that makes your neighbourhood and community more connected and complete? The City Centre Library or your favourite Bubble Tea spot? Is it a neighbourhood café or pub where ‘everybody knows your name’, a corner store, a park, a busy street, or is it a way of moving around to get where you need to be?

TransLink is exploring the role of transportation in building a happy city.

How to Enter and Win!

Share your happy place! Join the conversation at #happycity.

It’s this simple:

  1. Take a ‘selfie’ picture at the place in your city or community that makes you happy.
  2. Tweet your photo to @Sry604 and (insert your @_______) with the hashtag #happycity. Optionally, you can add a comment explaining the image and hashtags #SurreyBC, #selfie and/or #selfienation.
  3. Post your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #happycity. Check out Instagram pages TransLinkBC and mine damanbeatty.
  4. Come to the lecture Choosing the Happy City by Charles Montgomery on March 26 at 7 pm at SFU Woodwards to claim your prize and learn more about the Happy City. RSVP is mandatory.
  5. Contest ends at noon on March 26, 2014.


Check out my #happycity #selfie:

Taken at my fave #SurreyBC spot, the Central City Pub with Surrey604’s Community Relations Strategist Esmir Milavic and CTV Newscaster Keri Adams!

“Share a #happycity #selfie and win from @Translink + @Sry604 #SurreyBC Central City Pub @keriadamslife @esmirmilavic”

Your Instagrams and Tweets tagged #happycity will be featured here.


By participating in this contest, you can win one of these prizes:

  • One of four TransLink FareCards.
  • One TravelSmart Travel gift pack $50 with gift card to MEC and TravelSmart Swag.
  • Two tickets to Don Carlo opera at the Queen Elizabeth Theater.
  • One free yearly membership and $50 car sharing credit from MODO.

About Charles Montgomery
An award-winning author and urban experimentalist, Charles Montgomery is the author of the new book, Happy City, which the New York Times has recommended as essential reading for that city’s new mayor. He has advised and lectured planners, designers, and decision-makers across America, Canada, and England. Working with the BMW Guggenheim Lab, the Museum of Vancouver and other institutions, he also creates experiments that challenge us to see our cities—and ourselves—in entirely new ways. Montgomery’s Home for the Games initiative led hundreds of people to open their homes to strangers during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. His writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. Among his awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards public understanding of climate change science. His first book, The Last Heathen, won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction.

Rethinking Transportation
Choosing Happy City by Charles Montgomery is the third lecture in the series Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas, presented by TransLink and the SFU City Program. With one million more people moving to Metro Vancouver in the next 30 years, the conversation about how we travel in our region becomes increasingly important. The lecture series will explore new perspectives on the movement of people and goods in cities, with thought leaders, decision makers, and experts from across North America.

*Images and posts tagged #happycity will also be shared daily on TransLink’s the Buzzer blog (Contest rules can also be found there). Photos may be used in the print Buzzer, the Buzzer blog, presentation during the Choosing the Happy City lecture, tweeted by @TransLink and posted on the TransLink Facebook and Instagram page.

Daman Beatty
The creator of, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.