Happy places – Mississippi is in top ten!


This ole world continues to grow more complex and confusing with each new day, as  new technical inventions roll off the assembly line and try to outdo the last – an irony that is no surprise to me since I’m a proponent of simple living.

The Lovely Satreia Goodner eating boild crawfish in Louisiana

Therefore, I wasn’t all that surprised to learn that Louisiana is the happiest place to be on the planet.  That is especially true today as our Cajun Brethren bask in the Saints big win on Sunday.

My son, Braddock, is still down there celebrating and he reports he’s never been hugged by so many strangers or received so many well wishes. I’m afraid he’ll never come home.

But, Mississippi is right up there at #7!  Brings a smile to my face as my oft-maligned state gets some long overdue respect.

People in sunny, outdoorsy states — Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida,  — say they’re the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine.

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, religion and schools.

The happiness ratings were based on a survey of 1.3 million people across the country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It used data collected over four years that included a question asking people how satisfied they are with their lives.

Economists Andrew J. Oswald of the University of Warwick in England and Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., compared the happiness ranking with studies that rated states on a variety of criteria ranging from availability of public land to commuting time to local taxes.

Probably not surprisingly, their report in a recent report in the journal Science found the happiest people tend to live in the states that do well in quality-of-life studies.

Yet Oswald says “this is the first objective validation of ‘happiness’ data,” which is something he says economists have been reluctant to use in the past.

magnolia You will note on the list below that  Mississippi ranks Number 7 which goes to show all the “OTHER LISTS”on which my state is typically last or near the end, is merely propaganda perpetuated by the Damn Yankees (just kidding).


The state-by-state list (including Washington, D.C.), from happiest to least cheery:

1. Louisiana
2. Hawaii
3. Florida
4. Tennessee
5. Arizona
6. South Carolina
7. Mississippi
8. Montana
9. Alabama
10. Maine
11. Wyoming
12. Alaska
13. North Carolina
14. South Dakota
15. Texas
16. Idaho
17. Vermont
18. Arkansas
19. Georgia
20. Utah
21. Oklahoma
22. Delaware
23. Colorado
24. New Mexico
25. North Dakota
26. Minnesota
27. Virginia
28. New Hampshire
29. Wisconsin
30. Oregon
31. Iowa
32. Kansas
33. Nebraska
34. West Virginia
35. Kentucky
36. Washington
37. District of Columbia
38. Missouri
39. Nevada
40. Maryland
41. Pennsylvania
42. Rhode Island
43. Ohio
44. Massachusetts
45. Illinois
46. California
47. New Jersey
48. Indiana
49. Michigan
50. Connecticut
51. New York

Conley, Martha, Carole, Lota, Brenda,  Sandy, Olivia, Tinker, are you listening?  We have a place reserved for you, back in Mississippi or Louisiana.

4 thoughts on “Happy places – Mississippi is in top ten!

  1. I know I’ve been smiling ever since I came home to MS. There’s not another place like it in the world (at least not in the parts of the world in which I’ve been). If my knees weren’t so bad, I’d “skip” everywhere I get to walk. Even going to the grocery store is a pleasant experience. Church is the way it’s supposed to be and the doctors care whether you live or die. Lucky, we’re so lucky. And neighbors are the best in the world.

  2. Helllllllllllllo! I know why Louisiana is the happient place! It’s because they drink all the time!!!

  3. I’ll second that Annie. And I especially love a small town where you know practically every one you meet! It’s a joy just going to the grocery store!

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