An interesting article on Wall Street Journal caught my attention this morning. The article, in a few words, refers to a study conducted by two economics professors on American happiness, ranked by state.
A survey has been conducted on 1.3 million Americans over four years by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention asking them how happy they are with their lives. Guess what… out of 51 states (the District of Columbia included in the list as if it were a state), New York turns out to rank last on the smiley scale. Even more interestingly, its neighbors Connecticut and New Jersey rank 50th and 49th respectively. The Top 10 states on the happiness scale are, in descending order, Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, South Carolina, Alabama and Maine.
How come does a city that is home to more than 8 million people is the unhappiest of them all? It’s true that there’s too much of everything — which can be overwhelming at times. Too many people. Too much noise. The high cost of living. Yet does it still explain why? Doesn’t New York have what Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, South Carolina, Alabama and Maine have altogether — and maybe even more?