Almost two years after first announcing the project, David Byrne launched an online magazine named Reasons to be happy which is intended as a “tonic for tumultuous times”.
As the former Talking Heads singer explains in the intro video, he founded the website – “part magazine, part therapy session, part plan for a better world” – where he can share” smart, proven, repeatable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.” .”
“What if we launched a project and put more emphasis on some of those reasons to be joyful,” Byrne said of his first foray into online publishing.
Reasons to be happy launched on Saturday, with Byrne having contributed six stories so far, including “India’s Tiny, Amazing Art Hub” about the small town of Kochi and “Doing the Right Thing Is Good for Business.” Longtime Byrne collaborator Brian Eno also wrote an article titled “The Necessity of Nuclear”, a response to Byrne’s article on concerns about nuclear power.
Byrne added Reasons to be happy in a statement, “It often seems like the world is going straight to hell. I wake up in the morning, I look at the newspaper and I say to myself: ‘Oh no!’ Often I am depressed for half the day. I imagine some of you feel the same way.
He continued, “Recently I realized that wasn’t helping. Nothing changes when you are numb. So, as a kind of cure, and maybe as a kind of therapy, I started picking up some good news. Not schmaltzy, good news, but stuff that reminded me, ‘Hey, there’s some good stuff going on! People solve problems and it makes a difference! I started telling others about what I had found.
In addition to his publishing business, Byrne will launch his American utopia residency at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theater in September before moving to Broadway’s Hudson Theater in October.