The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey of more 1.3 million people across the United States over the past four years regarding their happiness level of their lifestyle and where they live. FLORIDA ranked #3 in the study with Louisiana and Hawaii in the #1 and #2 position respectively. Well, of course the study started before Katrina hit Louisiana so that answers that and there’s no question about Hawaii in many people’s minds. Having been to Hawaii I can understand how retires could be happy there, but I am still trying to figure out how young singles are content and happy with high cost of living and small islands. Regardless sunny, warm, outdoorsy living is where people report happiness. Being able to go outside and enjoy simple things like taking the dog for a walk, sipping your morning coffee on the pool deck, and watching the sun set are all things that we Floridians sometimes take for granted.
The least “happy” states are Michigan, Connecticut and New York. Of course, with the harsh winters and gray skies, who can blame them. While they are digging out from a blizzard, we are playing golf or tennis here in Florida.
Move to Florida and put on your happy face!