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Jenny Doyle wants more friendliness in “happiest city” Boulder

Boulder resident Jenny Doyle has left a supply of "Hello" Boulder buttons at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and is encouraging people to pick them up, wear them, and exchange greetings with people when they are out and about.

Cliff Grassmick, The Daily Camera

Boulder resident Jenny Doyle has left a supply of “Hello” Boulder buttons at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and is encouraging people to pick them up, wear them, and exchange greetings with people when they are out and about.

Boulder was recently named the happiest city in the U.S. But as she walked down the streets, Jenny Doyle couldn’t help but notice that said happiness did not appear to translate to friendliness.

“I was saying ‘hello’ to everyone, but it seemed to me like as I walking down the street nobody would say ‘hello’ back,” said Doyle, who recently moved back to Boulder County. “It was starting to really annoy me that people wouldn’t say ‘hello.’”

So Doyle decided to take matters into her own hands. In an effort to make Boulder a friendlier city, Doyle has created a batch of “Hello” buttons that she is passing out for free in the hopes that they remind residents to bring back the greeting.

Spending more than $100 of her own money, Doyle had buttons made with the words “hello” and “Boulder” over an image of the Flatirons. She left a basket of them at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce building at 2440 Pearl St., and said they are free for people to take while supplies last.

Her only requirement is that people take the button to heart and say “hello” to at least a few people every day, so they can at least say that they tried.

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