Unhappy New Yorkers?

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?

Go figure.

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One thought on “Unhappy New Yorkers?

  1. HAPPINESS
    by Carl Sandburg

    I ASKED the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell me what is happiness.

    And I went to famous executives who boss the work of thousands of men.

    They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though I was trying to fool with them

    And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along the Desplaines river

    And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with their women and children and a keg of beer and an accordion.

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