For better or worse, Yahoo has published yet another "happiness" poll. This one ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia, from number one happiest to most miserable.
I don't know about anyone else but DIH was not in the least surprised by the results. Number One Louisiana, for example. Come on, they have New Orleans. And they don't call it "The Big Easy" for nothing. A few years ago Po Bronson wrote a book about how to find out what you should really be doing with your life. One of his conclusions: Avoid New Orleans. People there are just too happy, to the point where they lose all ambition and decide the only way to live is to just sit back and relax. Try forcing yourself through night school with that attitude.
Number Two: Hawaii. Is anyone surprised by this? Anyone? Anyone? Is that the sound of crickets chirping I hear? Thought so.
And we here in the Twin Cities are pleased as punch that Minnesota falls at #26. Dead center. Smack in the middle. Life here is kinda good and kinda not-so. But we're not complaining, nuh-uh. It's not so bad, and that's good enough for us. (but we can't suppress a little chuckle seeing Wisconsin is #29.)
And she is most definitely not surprised that NY-NJ-CT make up the bottom three happy places. No one in his right mind in NY would describe himself as "very happy." It would only make people talk. Also no New Yorker is ever going to yield one iota of his God-given right to kvetch whenever the mood strikes him. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Here's the list. Find your happy place.
8. South Carolina
12. North Carolina
15. South Dakota
24. New Mexico
25. North Dakota
27. New Hampshire
34. West Virginia
37. District of Columbia
42. Rhode Island
49. New Jersey
51. New York