What has been shown is that happiness is positively correlated with community. As a society, we has placed consumerism higher on our lists of priorities than engaging with one another. So much so, that as we've grown, the places where community exists have closed down and out-competed by restaurants and shopping while further development is choked out due to suburban sprawl. We have spaces for work, shopping, libraries for learning, sports centers and movie theaters for entertainment. We must invest in our cities by creating spaces for community to sprout roots and grow. We need to build spaces for where the encounter of unfamiliar individuals allows us to be confronted by unfamiliar worldviews and new ideas. When you're told to "get out more", where do they think that we can go? From what substrate does community and thus culture and innovation grow upon?
Solving this predicament is my overall goal. The polarization and animosity pervasive in our society, our inability to come together and collaborate with those who may have opposing views or who are of foreign characteristic in some way, is I think massively dependent upon our inability to physically encounter others, and thus their beliefs, wisdom, and creativity. I think that if we can achieve that, meaning in life takes care of itself.