Happy Lists were born out of a need to provide an antidote to the rich/celebrity lists which worship at the shrine of the wealthy, the bonus-getters, and the tax avoiders.
In 2008 David Randall decided to create a national HappyList for the Independent on Sunday which would honour a different set of values.
As a direct riposte to The Times Rich List, he named people who, without thought of personal gain or recognition, do so much to make their communities better adjusted places to live, making their cities and thus the country a better and happier place.
Inspired and supported by David and with the consent of the paper, Happy City adapted the idea to produce the first place-based Happy List in Bristol in 2013 with the help of the Bristol Post and BBC Radio Bristol.
Nominators feel good about nominating and can take credit for the chain of events which follow
Nominees get a boost from the appreciation, becoming part of a fellowship where there’s mutual support
The ideas, activities, people and places which nominees work with get some free PR.
From the unsolicited profile, there often comes an injection of energy as new people begin to engage