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Posted on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 10:26 a.m.

Documentary about happiness comes to area Feb. 11; Ann Arbor named a great city for retirees

By Staff


World Happy Day is Feb. 11.

From a special showing of "Happy: The Movie" to Ann Arbor being named a great community in which to retire, here’s a roundup of some of the stories posted on’s Community Wall over the past few days:

By: Annie Zirkel: Happy: The Movie Coming to Ann Arbor Saturday Feb 11, 2012 at Mich Theater

Directed by Roko Belic and winner of a variety of awards from film festivals around the world Happy is a serious documentary that asks BIG questions and gives research-based answers to what does and doesn't make us happy.

By: Jsmnd: Ann Arbor, A Great Place To Retire

Ann Arbor was recently rated by US News as one of the best cities in the country to retire. In its overview, the writeup compares a number of the city's salient features, noting that Ann Arbor is one of the most economically healthy cities in Michigan.

By: Janet Hawkins: Local Professionals Should Check WCC Website Regularly

By: Charl Luttrell: Join Girl Scouts during Our Historic 100th Anniversary Year

By: dayani w: “The Arab Spring: One Year Revisited” By Juan Cole, Ph.D.

By: Dawn Farm Education Serie: Alcohol and other drugs and teens: what to know, what to do

By: larry: and Intelligent Design?

By: A2Parks: A virtual garden tour at the Ann Arbor Senior Center March 20

By: Deb Kern: Female cats spayed for only $20 - Help them "Beat the Heat"

By: bbbswashtenaw: Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Grant to Reduce Juvenile Delinquency

By: pat grimes: Parent Group Bids on Big Party

By: ann thompson Green Health Thermography: Green Health Thermography Lecture

By: Sallie: Help is Available for Families Caring for A Veteran Loved One with Dementia

By: Scot Graden: Read Your Heart Out - February 11th, 7pm-12am

By: Friends of the Dexter District Library: Used Book Sale--Friends of the Dexter Library’s Community Wall is a spot for local people to post local stories, news and announcements. To post a story, sign in to, then go to and use the Got News? Tell Us function at the top to submit your news. If you have a photo to add, e-mail it to us at and we’ll insert it into your story.



Wed, Feb 8, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

It's nice to see a good piece of satire.

Annie Zirkel

Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

While happiness is definitely effected by external factors that you may or may not have much control over, it is equally determined by your mindset and the actions you take. For instance, if happiness is your goal, using too much energy complaining will not get you there. I do highly recommend Happy: The Movie and Panel Discussion to those interested in real happiness, and perhaps those commenting on this article? It might give you a new perspective.


Wed, Feb 8, 2012 : 11:38 p.m.

The real happy place is San Luis Obispo, California, according Oprah. I would only know that to be true because that is where I have a home, so living here part of the time of I know the difference from good to bad and believe me it takes more positive thinking and energy to be living here.

Dog Guy

Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 10:39 p.m.

By the number of old guys wearing Greek fisherman caps around town, it is obvious that Ann Arbor is a favorite place for Greek fishermen to retire.

ralph mcgraw

Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

Haha! Great place to retire?? yeah, if you're some rich professor or university president with a billion dollar retirement plan. But if you're on a fixed income/budget just pick one from the list of walker101 for all you need to know about retiring "happily" in Ann Arbor. Oh, and they never did catch that rapist, did they?


Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 6:47 p.m.

Here we go again, how could living indoors for 8 months out of the year be such a happy place to retiree in? If it was not for summer I think Siberia would be just as pleasant. 1. One of the highest property taxes. 2. Roads that would make Mexico think they've found the yellow brick road. 3. Art worth millions, latest sculpture voted the ugliest. 4. Kids being sexually abused in school. 5. U of M cover ups. 6. Living in a State where public officials would make the mob blush. 7. Repair your own sidewalks at your cost then propose a private insurance after the fact. 8. A professor who would find artifacts (huaraches) and claim they are significant to society. 9. Take 30 minutes to cross town on a good day. 10. Use your credit card just to park downtown and get a $100 ticket for not stopping for pedestrians at those make over night cross walks. Yup, I want to spend my last days in Ann Arbor.


Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 8:39 p.m.

I totally agree. We are getting ready to take the Pfizer retirement and get out of Ann Arbor. Winters are too long, taxes too high and the local goverment too weird.


Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

Funny, just last week I saw an article on yahoo! from AARP listing the worst states for retirement and Michigan was second to last behind Maine.