According to a recent study published in Science magazine, Louisiana topped the list of the happiest states in America. Here’s how the study was done:
“The researchers examined a 2005- 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System random sample of 1.3 million United States citizens in which Life-satisfaction in each U.S. state is measured. This provided a league table of happiness by US State reproduced below. This is the first large scale analysis of happiness levels in the US.”
So Louisiana came in first, Hawaii second, Florida third, and New York came in last. But what accounts for these discrepancies?
The Huffington Post (God bless ’em) posted an article by Randolph Schmid that claims, “The places where people are most likely to report happiness also tend to rate high on studies comparing things like climate, crime rates, air quality and schools.”
Um… have they ever been to Louisiana? Louisiana has one of the worst school systems in the nation. It’s always either raining or oppressively hot outside, and the crime rate in New Orleans is laughably high. But the secret is, Louisianians aren’t really bothered by those things. They just want you to pass them a beer. If that’s all you need in life– a beer, some shrimp and rice, and maybe a good football game– then it’s pretty easy to be the happiest state in the union.
Know why New York came in last? Because New Yorkers are high-maintenance, constantly demanding absurd luxuries like “quality health care,” “lower crime rates,” “honest politicians” and “good schools.”
There’s a lesson to be taken away from this study, and that lesson can be summed up in three words:
Lower. your. expectations.
I would also like to note that Texas is number 16. Heh heh.
Here is the full list of rankings, since many of you will be too lazy to click on the above link:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- New York