A small group of local citizens is hoping to make a big difference in the happiness of Shreveport-Bossier.
Concerned by a study released early last year that ranked Shreveport the fourth "saddest" city in the U.S., the group is hoping to come up with a strategy to cheer the Port City up.
Researchers at the University of Vermont studied more than one million tweets, searching for key words they say sad people use more frequently. Those words were mad, hate, no, boo and a number of curse words. According to the research, Shreveport is sad because its residents curse too much on Twitter.
While the UVM study is arguably skewed by the fact that only 15% of adults online use Twitter, the frequency of four-letter words peppering tweets from this area still leaves a less-than cheery impression.
According to co-organizer Sarah Stewart, their mission is "to make Shreveport-Bossier one of the happiest places in the world to live." They'll meet up at 9 a.m. on Friday morning at Strawn's Eat Shop Also in Bossier City to start brainstorming ideas on how to do this.
"We are talking about putting coins in meters, passing out flowers, balloons or popsicles on hot days," explains Stewart on the Making Shreveport/Bossier Happier Facebook event page. "These are all very easy things to do and can really change the outcome of everyones day!"