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Happiest State in America

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It looks as though paradise has been replaced by a wintery, frozen tundra. Despite this year’s brutal season, the happiest state to live in America is no longer Hawaii, but North Dakota. Not only that, but nine of the top ten are northern states, most of them buried in the white stuff right now. Hawaii dropped to number eight.

Many people express their envy of my home here in the sunshine state, but for happiness, Florida lands at number thirty. It’s actually an improvement from number thirty-four last year. 

By this time of year, many northerners are suffering from very high fevers … cabin fevers. Just go to their blogs and you’ll see. Many of you know that I grew up in Chicago, so I understand winter. I’ve said this before on my blog, but here I go again … the only three things I like about living in Florida are January, February and March.

This begs the question, why are the most frigid states the happiest? I have my own hypothesis, but I’m wondering what others think. Florida’s economy has improved over the last few years, but is still not fully recovered (and won’t while larger powers hold it back). I’m wondering if the improvement is part of the reason why it moved up four places. I said “part of the reason,” because my hypothesis includes other factors, but I’m looking forward to any comments of what others might think. Here is the list of happiest states.

Here is a link to a brief news clip that drops a couple subtle hints as to my theory. Please do tell me about yours.

18 thoughts on “Happiest State in America”

  1. Great post, Lori … Florida I expected to be much higher up, I wonder what North Dakota has been up during last year – but good for them. I have been wanting snow for months now – but don’t let it come now … too late, spring flowers is blooming. Have a lovely weekend.

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  2. Well, if beer drinking were the main factor, then I’d expect Wisconsin to be in the Top 5. 😉 I’m not sure what the reason is, but those cold states might be areas where there are fewer big cities and a less stressful pace of life.

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    1. I think that may be part of it, JM. They may also have closer knit communities. Thanks for reading. I may put up a blog with my thoughts on it later.

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  3. Brrrr I can’t imagine why they would be the happiest. Maybe because they’re all so isolated in their snowed in communities that they don’t know what real happiness is in the outside world?

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  4. I’m with Carrie – those states must be happiest because of the beer/wine intake that’s needed to live there. Either that or the change of seasons because then there’s always something to look forward to.

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    1. Hi Sheila. I do miss the change of seasons. Everything stays the same here all the time. But, I’ve been homesick since I moved all those years ago.

      Thanks for coming over to my blog and commenting on my about page, too. For sure, my dog(s) have been a huge part of my life.

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  5. Hmm, I grew up in North Dakota and have no intention of returning, happiest state or not. It also happens to be a ridiculously cold state, and although the summers are lovely, they’re far too short. I do know, however, that North Dakota has one of the highest per capita beer intakes. Perhaps that accounts for their happiness?…

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  6. Only #30? I suppose there are some reasons why Florida wouldn’t be higher on the list, but 30? There’s only 50 states! Maybe we should spread it around how terrible Florida is and there’ll be shorter lines at the theme parks. 😀

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    1. Hee, hee. I think people enjoy Florida for a visit, but living here is another story. As you know, I’m not a fan myself, well, except for January, February and March. 🙂

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    1. Hey, Anneli. No snow in Florida. Sorry if it’s confusing. It’s nice to look at snow in photos on facebook from Florida, where I don’t have to shovel it. 🙂

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