The dance floor at Market Garden Brewery is crowded. People are moving to DJ Steph Floss' beats, waving glow sticks in the air. It's a typical Saturday night in one of the city's most popular bars, right? Well, sort of — except it's Friday afternoon and everyone has to go back to work in a few minutes. At least they're going back to work happier.
Lunch Beat is just one experience put on by Thrive Cleveland, an organization billed as a happiness incubator by co-founders Jen Margolis and Scott Simon. "What we like about it is it's physical activity," Margolis says of the midday dance party. "It's moving around."
The idea that events such as Lunch Beat are good for us is rooted in science, according to Margolis. Research shows that certain drivers related to smells, touch, tastes, physical activity and community increase peoples' happiness, she says. "We sort of created a formula of incorporating these happiness drivers into all the things we do." thrivecleveland.com