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Where The Happiest Americans Are (And Are Not)

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On an income-adjusted basis, New Yorkers are the most miserable Americans while citizens of Lafayette, LA are the happiest. As MarketWatch reports, based on a Harvard study which 'adjusts' for age, sex, race, income and other factors, the following map indicates where the happiest Americans are (blue/green) and are not (red).



The happiest five cities are all in Louisiana, with Lafayette taking the crown (Louisiana is also the happiest state). The unhappiest cities, after New York City, are St. Joseph, Miss.; South Bend, Ind.; Erie, Penn.; and the Evansville, Ind.-Henderson, Ky. area.


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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:06 | 4977213 Racer
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'adjusts'  WTF, either you are happy or you are not

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:12 | 4977241 Spastica Rex
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Hedonics, man.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:28 | 4977305 Xibalba
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Being a native Hawaiian living in NYC, I can say that this study is 100% accurate.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:03 | 4977416 onewayticket2
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conclusion:  Liberals are unhappy and bitter people.....


file this under: "no shit!"

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:12 | 4977438 macholatte
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The Happiest States In America



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:28 | 4977488 toady
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Lies, damn lies, and statistics. You can bend'm to say anything you want.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:32 | 4977503 chumbawamba
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New York is a shithole filled in with attorneys and banksters.  No wonder.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:37 | 4977516 Rubbish
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It's clear being able to have sex on your front porch makes all the difference.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:47 | 4977546 DoChenRollingBearing
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Montana, Idaho and Wyoming (apparently) are happy places.  I can buy that.

New Orleans, the rest of Louisiana and Mississippi as happy?  Harder to believe.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:04 | 4977585 cynicalskeptic
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Ignorance is Bliss?


Most really stupid people I know are VERY happy.   Doesn't take much for them.   They are happy with small pleasures and utterly oblivious to the realities of life.  Their car is about to be repo'd because they haven't made payments in months but they'forgot' about all that and aren't worried at all.  They have minimally skilled jobs with no responsibilities (if they work at all).

I suspect that the more you know, the better informed you are the more miserable you're likely to be.  Ignorance has much to be said for it when it comes to reducing stress.


My brother's kid is already divorced living home in NC.  She worries only about coming up with new nail designs and is dumber than most of the local livestock.  My kids are in top tier colleges and have a little more on their minds.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:39 | 4977689 wee-weed up
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Ha! The red areas on the map are all flaming Liberal bastions - Libs are always whining about something!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:44 | 4977700 SWRichmond
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How would YOU feel if someone else was always telling you they were smarter than you, knew better what was good for you, and not trusting you with firearms?

How would YOU feel if you'd just gotten done with years of a smart ass, know-it-all, holier-than-thou douchebag like Bloomberg as your mayor?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:39 | 4977991 mjcOH1
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"My brother's kid is already divorced living home in NC. She worries only about coming up with new nail designs and is dumber than most of the local livestock."

The owners of the house I bought 2 houses ago tried to pimp their 20 yr old daughter (and grand-entitlement) to me. Nice girl I'm sure, aside from spreading her legs for any retard with a pickup truck who's not yet on the dole.

Ho Lee Fuk.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:18 | 4978629 Pareto
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that there is some funny shit.  +1

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:55 | 4978990 economics9698
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When I am in northern Florida I really enjoy the freedom to drink to excess and piss over the front porch railing.  Just something liberating about doing that. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:23 | 4977952 Seer
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In this "survey."  The other one someone posted above it's not quite the case.  But, it sure gives people a nice platform in which to blovate from...

I think that the bottom is unquestionably correct.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:16 | 4979164 Rhetorical
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I'd see more of a correlation to population density then liberal or democrat. Speaking independantly of anything other than a onse over.


And I would be more inclined to favor that guess in conjuntion with the sex on your front porch thing. Only for me it was ripping a bong butt ass naked at about 11 am in the morning....good times were had by all involved.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:11 | 4977771 astroloungers
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it is called self awareness. once you realize everything is screwed you are unhappy. you know you are going to die...almost has a biblical implication doesn't it.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:33 | 4977979 Seer
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"Most really stupid people I know are VERY happy."

So, you wish your kids to me "smart" and miserable?

My wife is VERY happy; and, she's VERY smart (run circles around most here).  Grew up VERY poor: she totally understands the perils of feeling entitled; and her kids aren't smug offspring either.

The real issue, and this is all kind of a trick question, is about whether city or country folks are happier.  To some degree I'm a bit unsure, as I've got lots of rather wealthy horse people in my area (not my neighbors), and as things continue to deterorate I see these "dumb" animals taking a toll on marriages (yeah, the "smart" people are struggling to maintain their ponies): where my wife is from they'd make the best of it and eat the damn things.

Having travelled outside the US I can assure you that your comments are total speculation, broad-brushing.

"My kids are in top tier colleges and have a little more on their minds."

Well, thanks for breeding the techonocratic stock for TPTB's empires! (though I have to wonder whether you've been tracking the articles that show that college really isn't paying for itself; well, what do I know, I'm just a stupid country hick...)

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:14 | 4977605 Keyser
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Living in Louisiana is like living in a completely different country... Nothing there applies anywhere else in the country... 


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:37 | 4977683 DrewJackson
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New Orleanians are born happy.  This is why we have a festival every weekend, Mardi Gras, and any other excuse to drink, Eat & dance!  However I think onthe map Orleans parish is a little less happy then the rest of rural Louisiana.  ( Hipsters are now invading NOLA.  Will be interesting to see how long this trend lasts....)



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:18 | 4978294 Keyser
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I lived in the Quarter for years, best time of my life... BTW, you left out lagniappe... 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:53 | 4978558 NoPension
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With your sister

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:24 | 4977958 blown income
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Fucking bullshit !!!!! I live in Lafayette La and it sucks !!! sugar cane fields and oil related industry ..every yahoo driving a jacked up  4x4 and speeding to sit in traffic...assholes

rude fucking bitch drivers (women too) always yappn on the fucking phone bitch , your on a one lane fucking road ....I swear it takes you forever to get round ...infrastructure is 3rd world...



Housing , yeah the boom is here.. all fucking Mexicans building it , drive where there is new subdivisions , your in fucking Mexico  white man is the super  for the developer... and prices... look up RIVER RANCH.... $200  plus a foot for McMansions... I don't know how people can afford it cause the slaves don't make that kinda jack...

some nice looking trim around , but they all walk with their nose in the air like they smell shit... oher than the mom/pop hole in the wall joints here and there


 it's like any other with the same fucking chain stores


places to go ha!!!

nothing to do go 4 wheelin' or enjoy the state bird (mosquito) and people park there riding lawn mower in the drive like it's a status symbol...still scratching my head on that one...


I miss Mandeville La ,we at least had the lakefront and could shoot over to the Beau Rivage on the coast



Lafayette sucks Wookie !



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:36 | 4977983 blown income
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Fuck you who ever downed arrowed me it's the truth in fight club be real or get the fuck out

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:03 | 4978585 Spastica Rex
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I enjoyed your rant. +1

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:19 | 4978942 blown income
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It's Truth .. 45 minutes to drive 6 fucking miles to work all the Escalade bitches yappn instead of paying attention


I was born in New Orleans , had some wonderfull family times  , moved to Mandeville then left for East Coast , came back and now I remember why I left ,,,people are fucking back stabbing self serving selective memory liars


I am the stupid one , cause I came back !!!

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:33 | 4980198 lasvegaspersona
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You made a tactical blunder with your down arrow complaint.

Now the ZH pack are toying with your emotions and your mind.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:15 | 4979136 All Risk No Reward
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Where's San Diego?  I'm really happy living out my miserable sci-fi movie existence in San Diego!

I gotta say...  all thos epeople you are b*tching about might just be really, really happy. in a mass delusion kind of way  ;-)

Since you aren't deluded, you have a very different reaction.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:30 | 4979148 Tall Tom
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You must also live in East I do.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:43 | 4980711 All Risk No Reward
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Nope, but I have a nagging feeling that I will regret not making the move at some point in the not too distant future.  It is going to be buggly when this debt bubble implodes.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:40 | 4977990 Seer
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"and people park there riding lawn mower in the drive like it's a status symbol."

That's your take on it.  I suppose that it's better than then being out there and cluttering YOUR roadways.

From time to time our mower gets parked out next to our driveway too.  Well, mostly my wife, who uses it for transport: getting around on the farm (hauls her cart with it), making many trips, starts to take its toll- hoping to find a more suitable form of transport...

Oh, in your sentence, "there" should be "their."

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 18:14 | 4978090 blown income
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Riding mower has its place but not on postage stamp lots big property different story co worker said it's a status symbol here


Blew coffee outta my nose

Excuse me for the wrong spelling I didn't go to Havard

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:41 | 4979140 All Risk No Reward
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While we are going all spelling Nazi...  your "then" should be "them" - glass houses and all.

To add a positive tip - everyone should youtube "logic of english" - the Rockefeller's **really** jacked the schooling system for us and it is even worse now.  Logical kids are their primary target of covert abuse, but they trap us all.

Get "The Logic of English" book if you have children in school.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:21 | 4978305 Keyser
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Dude, you are in the heart of coon-ass country with the best cajun food on the planet... Be thankful, it could be worse, you could be in NYC... 


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:21 | 4978454 blown income
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The only good food here is Heberts Specialty Meats

Crawfish are outrageously priced when in season so the only other is Boudin


Other than that it's all the same  - pepper cayenne and they call it cajun oh and Tabasco sauce which you can get anywhere 


What bad shot of protein at Harvard thinks here is the happiest place is full retard and should be put to sleep for all of mankind cause I can think of more places to be happy then here in the blink of my eye

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:27 | 4977482 Ms. Erable
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And when they succeed in turning all of those bluish areas on the map to the same deep red as the ones in which they live, they still won't be happy.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:43 | 4977996 Seer
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Speaking of, most of the [net] inflow to Texas is from California.

I'm learing to watch gloating.  Was recently gloating about how well my chickens were evading aerial predators (only one loss in 3 years) and I fucking lose one the very next day!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:11 | 4978924 wee-weed up
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And when they succeed in turning all of those bluish areas on the map to the same deep red as the ones in which they live


Over my dead body! Never!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:53 | 4977886 Larry Dallas
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Now overlay this with a map charting illiteracy...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:44 | 4977997 Seer
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How? </sarc>

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:24 | 4978311 Keyser
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How many new demotard voters will show up at the polls in November due to the open borders policy and no check for a voter ID card? 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:50 | 4978018 sleigher
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I am much happier now that I moved away from the SF bay area.  I had no idea I could actually be happier until I did it.  Then I realized I wasted 20 years of my life being miserable.  That makes me sad.  Now I am not happy anymore...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:12 | 4978444 kareninca
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This is really a pretty brutal area.  A typical crappy one-bedroom apartment in a midrise in Slummyvale (Sunnyvale) is $3,200/month, and it's just going to get worse, since more job sites are being created here, but no new housing.  "Normal" people I know are homeless.  But you can't convince people to leave; it's either where they grew up or they have been here for decades and all their social connections are here.  Just having housing here makes me feel survivor's guilt.  The worse part is that you can't help people very well; in some other part of the country you could let someone stay in part of your spacious house, but here the places are tiny.  And how can you help a friend with rent money when it is that much????

Congratulations on your escape.  You need to make something good out of your 20 years here, by setting up a blog that encourages people to leave the Bay Area, complete with tips and success stories.  There is actually a real need for such a blog.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:22 | 4979143 ImGumbydmmt
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We left the SF bay area also in 2012.

Much happier Now, But NO NO NO!!! we do not want a blog teaching others how to get out or how much better it is. Already they come to my new state and want to make it like CA.

WTF. Go back PLEASE.

Seriously if you want out of CA becasue things suck, dont bring your CA Attitute and expectations.

Yes i had a BMW in CA, Sold it as leaving and showed up in my new state with an econbox until we got grounded then bought a 4x4 and now wear carharts, even to client meetings.

My wife was just  joking about how she no longer has to help pick out my ties. Because I dont wear any, not even a busienss shirt.

We are in a green state accoding to this chart, and yes people are poor, but my mortgage is now less than my truck payment,  and my garden is over knee high, I open carry most places, so together that makes me a native.

When in Rome......


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:22 | 4979298 sleigher
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Yeah no blogs...  If people want to leave CA then do it for the right reasons.  Where I am now I can teach my son how to sight in a rifle and lessons in self reliance without being looked at like I am some sort of demon.  Although I think I successfully convinced someone yesterday NOT to move to CA.  Told them its a over priced toilet.  

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:16 | 4978623 Zadok
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file this under: "no shit!"

'Dick Tracy!'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:25 | 4978825 ToNYC
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As a native Hawaiian, you must then be "not-living" in NYC, since you know the difference. Intolerance begets misery for all unkinds.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:32 | 4977321 7.62x54r
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As a Wyomingite, I can testify that Nebraska really does suck. That suckage is why this state is so windy.

And if Montana would shitcan their state income tax, and stop putting mining union elected Democrats in office, I might move there.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:39 | 4977342 SafelyGraze
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where the happiest americans are?

calling simon black.

simon black, come in.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:48 | 4977377 Beam Me Up Scotty
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I thought the happiest americans were in Chile or Equador or Belize or something like that. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:54 | 4977559 divedivedive
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There are at least two of us pretty happy here in Mexico.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:07 | 4977757 ToNYC
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Gecko-Americans are the happiest on the ceilings in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:18 | 4977258 Racer
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Oh I see it is a Harvard study, that explains it

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:48 | 4977382 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Wonder how many millions were spent to conduct this study?  Probably millions and millions.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:18 | 4977260 max2205
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Happiness is where crack is cheapest

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:23 | 4977281 toady
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Obviously not. Detroit and New York are at the bottom of the list.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:21 | 4979141 European American
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I think the kind of crack he is suggesting is the same Confucius was referring to when he said "Women who fly upside down have hairy crack up.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:16 | 4977252 Town Crier
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There are lies, damn lies and adjusted lies.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:22 | 4977279 CheapBastard
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Overlap with FSA locations & EBT users, please

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:28 | 4977298 Suisse
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Regression analysis indicates a high correlation between FSA locations & UBT users with unhappiness. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:06 | 4977584 DIgnified
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Close enough? Not an "EBT" map, but worth a look anyway.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:27 | 4977297 ajax
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Bhutan is the only nation on earth with a Gross National Happiness Index:

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:32 | 4977314 ajax
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"gatto va bene tutto va bene"

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:34 | 4977325 Jumbotron
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Who could've thunk it.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:25 | 4977478 DerdyBulls
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"Happiness" is overated. Now I'll go have my PB&J sandwich. That makes me feel good.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 18:35 | 4978166 Jumbotron
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You know what's a good PB&J ?   Try mixing some Frank's Hot Sauce up in some peanut butter.  Put that on one slice of fresh Potato Bread.  Then on the other slice....put some homemade pepper jelly.

Dude.....wash that down with some organic whole milk and follow up with warm brownies made with dark chocolate morsels.

That will take the edge off a hard day.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:07 | 4978264 DerdyBulls
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Wow! Sounds like that'll put hair on your chest! Guess Texas Pete will have to do for tonight. Shucks.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:32 | 4977502 Eireann go Brach
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Where are the seasonal adjustments? Also, where the fuck is San Diego, hottest chicks and best weather in the country! 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:05 | 4977214 kowalli
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Where The Happiest Iraqis Are?
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:25 | 4977292 Clycntct
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Any where but There.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:30 | 4977495 toady
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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:14 | 4977777 astroloungers
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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:43 | 4978533 Roanman
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Dearborn and then West Bloomfield

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:08 | 4977226 djsmps
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Last year in another one of these scientific polls, Santa Cruz, CA was rated the happiest city, and I can see why. I don't even see it on this list. It must have gone to shit.


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:59 | 4977464 syntaxterror
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I guess the fact that a 1BR apartment there costs $3000 finally manifested itself. Hope and change you stupid faggots. Enjoy it.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:21 | 4977632 hound dog vigilante
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Santa Cruz is a crime-ridden, gang-infested, over-priced shithole.  Any poll indicating otherwise is pure propaganda.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:45 | 4978980 LosOsos
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But you can get your heroine right down the block!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:09 | 4977228 Escrava Isaura
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Where The Happiest Americans Are?

 What nonsense!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:11 | 4977234 666
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I have to agree with the chart because here in northeast NJ, part of the NYC area, we are definitely extremely unhappy.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:35 | 4977332 ajax
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According to the chart, it would appear the citizens of the Great State of Montana are sublimely content:

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:13 | 4977244 Double.Eagle.Gold
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WTF is going on in the ZeroHedge control-room ????

Must be sniffing glue again...


This post & the Harvard study are absolute rubbish.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:23 | 4977283 ajax
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@Double.Eagle.Gold  It's called "Silly Season" in newsroom parlance. Here in Europe it's called summer holiday: 14th of July (Bastille Day) all the way through to the end of August and some places even till the 7th of September. Life is for the living.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:49 | 4977378 Escrava Isaura
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Double.Eagle.Gold, I unequivocally agree with you 100% .... But I got a bunch of arrows down, Go Figure!

What's your secret?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:34 | 4977507 Rubbish
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You call me?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:20 | 4977269 ToNYC
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Before or After Pharrell Williams?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:20 | 4977273 craus
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To be happy is naive or filthy rich.
To be unhappy is living with B.S.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:21 | 4977277 alexcojones
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I am the happiest of my small miserable group of friends.

I read ZH and Infowars and Kitco and Strike-The-Root and they prefer the MSM.

Which explains alot about them.

And me, I guess.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:07 | 4977425 disabledvet
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I don't even watch television anymore...and everyone I know who does just scream at the thing. At least here we can create our own content. "Our lies are vastly superior to their total bullshit."

Who knows...maybe one day we'll even have a confab in Vegas. "Have a real fight for a change."

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:15 | 4977758 Boondocker
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Me=happy!  minimal debt, lots of kids (some mine some foster), camp fish and shoot regularly, just wish i had a boat that wouldn't sink with gold silver and guns on board.  Used cars, few fancy clothes.  And we parent our kids rather than dump them in every sports program possible.  My idea of "good tv! Is jungle book and aristocats

Most around us=fancy new cars, kids are shits because they dont parent drowning in debt and are more concerned about Kim and Kanye than their spouse.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:29 | 4977304 ThisIsBob
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I'm always very happy when I visit my happy friends and relatives in Colorado, Dude.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:30 | 4977311 IridiumRebel
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So living in big cities sucks. Got it.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:44 | 4977368 Thorny Xi
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Living around a lot of other American TV worker drone people sucks.  There, fixed.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:58 | 4977327 alexcojones
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote about happiness while on a Soviet prsion convoy.

"Live with a steady superiority over life -don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don't freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don't claw at your insides. If your back isn't broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. . . "

Google the rest of the quote, you might like it

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:25 | 4979021 mkkby
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What ever happened to Boris Alotofcrap?  He had a way with russian sayings.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:34 | 4977328 Thirtyseven
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I think they meant to say St. Joseph, MO; not St. Joseph, Miss.

And it is indicated red on the map, north of Kansas City on the MO side.  Wonder why, can't seem to find much that would indicate it's a miserable place.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:09 | 4977431 disabledvet
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"People in Mississippi are so poor they're always happy."

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:37 | 4977337 Dre4dwolf
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Anything between happy and sad should just be known as contempt . . . in anycase anyone you see in new york that looks like they are happy . . . They look that way because of drugs or they have finally snapped from the stress into delerious laughing 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:40 | 4977348 cobra1650
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Always said NYC was a 3rd world shithole.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:05 | 4977421 ironmace
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I wish it was a shithole, it would be a lot nicer.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:41 | 4977351 Smegley Wanxalot
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How do you adjust for race?  Unhappy races are included/excluded as one sees fit?  Kinda like jobs saved or created?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:41 | 4977353 I woke up
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People from NY/NJ are generally dicks

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:36 | 4977513 toady
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New Yorkers are alright if you like heavy doses of sarcasm. Kinda like the people on ZH.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:57 | 4977897 Two Feet Studs Up
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This. Also, if you were to look up reviews of hotels on tripadvisor, you'd notice this study there. Most folks from that area always complain about the top hotels throughout the world. Two things I always take away from reading those reviews- never follow the opinion of those from NY/NJ and two, they must someof the most ungrateful, unhappy bastards - and look at this study...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:43 | 4977365 Rastadamus
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Louisianna? Color me depressed.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:48 | 4977381 atomicwasted
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I call bullshit on any survey of "happiness," and double bullshit on a 'study' that adjusts its data to achieve a desired result.  Did this come out of LSU?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:05 | 4977419 FieldingMellish
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Worse, it came from that bastion of "truthiness", Harvard.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:52 | 4977389 alexcojones
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"We few, we happy few,

We band of ZH brothers."

And sisters, like Miffed and Dagney.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:07 | 4977423 Dingleberry
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So why aren't all these liberal people's republics happy? Most of their areas have nice views, weather, etc.?

Aren't the anti-depressants working anymore?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:16 | 4977449 vegan
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Of the happiest United Statesians I know, none of them live in the US, anymore.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:39 | 4977520 toady
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Is that you Mr. Black?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:18 | 4977451 syntaxterror
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People in the SF Bay Area are definitely some of the most miserable and unfriendly people you'll ever meet. They constantly remind you of how there isn't a better place on earth to live and that nobody could possibly want to be somewhere else and how no place on earth has such smart, special people. Well, guess what? The people there are mostly miserable, angry, and vile.



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:09 | 4977598 atomicwasted
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I guess like anything else it depends who you hang out with.  I have lived in the Bay Area for over 10 years, and I couldn't point to one person I know who is miserable, angry or vile.  I will agree that people who live in SF proper are really into being from SF.  Oakland is the same way.  Some people can get obnoxious about it, but people who love their city are part of the charm of being in that city.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:05 | 4979130 syntaxterror
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You don't need to "hang out" with anyone. Just ride BART or Muni for a special moment with the real people and not the liberal elite millionaires. Or stay in a hotel for a conference and endure the nonstop parade of vagrants. You can't walk anywhere without angry, vile people shouting at themselves and others. It's full of hateful, aimless people. Sorry, every visitor here says the same thing. 

I've never met one person who wanted to live in the Bay Area after visiting. NOT ONE. However, every person that I know that goes to Portland or Seattle loves it.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:58 | 4977737 hound dog vigilante
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The Bay Area is a self-reinforcing bubble of arrogance that has virtually nothing in common with any other part of the US.  

SF remains a lovely city to visit (or perhaps live in, if you are a millionaire) but gentrification has ripped-out it's soul. There's no edge... no character remaining... just pilates studios, gourmet hipster food joints, millionaires, and homeless people.

And Silicon Valley is still the cradle of tech innovation, but this reputation is eroding fast as talent & money have flown to more reasonable, affordable locations.

Ask Bay Area residents about the recession... they are oblivious.  However, just 30 minutes east (in the central valley) there's rampant foreclosures & ghost malls.  "City" residents would never know this as the valley is just 'drive-thru' territory on the way to Tahoe, nothing more. So all is all fine & dandy, because... Facebook and great weather!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:51 | 4978020 mc225
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one theory about sf is that, people who like chinese food are very happy; and people who don't like chinese food are not as happy.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 18:18 | 4978103 Zadig
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That's also what I experienced in CA.  Dismal people with massive debts who lie to everyone about everything (especially the weather, their social lives, and their finances) and how they'd never live anywhere else.  People, especially transplants, in NYC tended to act like this too. 

Both areas are heavily marketed to travelphobic Americans as 'best places to live', which causes serious cognitive dissonance once reality begins to dawn on them.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:18 | 4978297 joego1
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Silicon valley is the turbo charged hampster wheel from hell.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:26 | 4978649 Zadok
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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:18 | 4977459 Ein Stein
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No, we, the happiest people live in uruguay.

Any questions?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:46 | 4977545 potato
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Check out the YouTube video of that travel TV host visiting a meat market in Uruguay. Oh lawdylordhalleluja

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:25 | 4977475 Old Goat
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misery makes me happy

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:35 | 4978669 Zadok
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The familiarity of misery is comforting...

Unfortunately that is not sarcasm...however I'm a rebel and I do not consent to misery and that makes me happy. The increasingly frequent outbreaks of manical laughter also takes the edge of from time to time.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:27 | 4977483 Ein Stein
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Good luck to you all, if you decide to stay in the USA.

May the force be with you.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:28 | 4977484 Ein Stein
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Good luck to you all, if you decide to stay in the USA.

May the force be with you.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:30 | 4977496 williambanzai7
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So Harvard has cracked the secret code to happiness?

Marvelous darling, simply marvelous!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:43 | 4977535 potato
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"Adjusting" for happiness.

We have reached peak statistics.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:20 | 4978303 joego1
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They gave some grad students some LSD and crayons and they came up with this.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:35 | 4977510 Ein Stein
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Happiness, my friend? I am talking about bliss

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:39 | 4977522 Ein Stein
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Banzai 7, just to let you know, you made me laugh so many times.

Thank you for that, we need more of that.

The word is too serious,


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:53 | 4977556 MedicalQuack
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This is as bad as the stupid study the LA Times published that obesity is not caused by over eating, it's due to lack of exercise...excuse me, food still the root of all of this...I had to just laught my ass off when I saw that, what are we trying to do here, disprove physics? 

There's no happiness algorithm either and to think that one used for this study has any impact, you're duped if you take this in.   I read the comments here and of course most are not duped reading here either, thank goodness!

Context is Everything and watch if you have time, Charlie Siefe at NYU is one the few folks out there that's a mathematician and journalist that staves out the truth for's a good video and covers clinical trials...and yes at the end...bonus questions related to USA/Putin relations.  It goes back to the Reagan days when the US used a wrong model and wrongfully accused the Solviet Union on their under ground nuclear testing and it's never been answered and the US was wrong and even US geologists told the government, don't go there as the model is wrong, but they we lied.  I think this is interesting in view of what's going on over there now and gee, could Russia decide to play this old card?  hmmmm  The video was crated two yeas ago as was given as a lecture at Google's NY headquarters.  You'll look at the crap you read on many studies as just that once you see the points he makes and how we all get duped.

He's pretty entertaining with all of it too, and the one story claiming for the perfect butt is pretty funny too as well as the fish in in the clinical trial story.

It's also the #1 video at my KillerAlgorithm page too with other videos that enlighten the Algo Duping and Code Hosing taking place out there.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:59 | 4977571 alexcojones
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Las Vegas is NOT in NV and AZ.

Harvard. WTF dildos.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:27 | 4977815 Bollixed
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Tells you everything you need to know about group-think academics...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:05 | 4977589 Ein Stein
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life, love and buy gold and silver

End of story

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:09 | 4977596 Buster Cherry
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I see how the influx of californians has made a miserable island in an otherwise happy Texas.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:12 | 4977602 radiasian
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You could probably correlate this to obesity levels and show that the study merely suggests that fat people are jolly.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:26 | 4977810 PoliticalRefuge...
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Using that metric Mississippi and Tenn should be the two happiest places on earth, a full time jowl driven laugh riot .."beatings will continue until morale improves America!-

..that is all!!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:20 | 4977628 q99x2
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The happiest people live on Q99X2 and the stupidest people live in Lafayette, LA

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:23 | 4977640 hound dog vigilante
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Colorado & Washinton state are poised to leap into the Top 5 next year...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:29 | 4977658 Stuck on Zero
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The way I interpret the chart is the areas of the country that receive the most government money are the unhappiest.  Conclusion: cut out the government transfer payments and everyone will be happier.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:30 | 4977665 Spungo
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Study finds socialists are unhappy. Study also finds that people fled from USSR to USA, not the other way around. This was hard hitting news back in 1948

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:31 | 4977670 Who was that ma...
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Makes sense to me.  New Yorkers are the most miserable bunch of bastads I've ever had the displeasure to know.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:37 | 4977686 1stepcloser
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Show me this chart again after everyone is off their SSRIs

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:58 | 4977706 QE49er
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Any place that has an ample supply of Authoritarian Government Workers, Lawyers & Banksters is a Hell Hole.  Then they invade other happy freedom loving places and spread their misery like locusts, spreading debt, death & unhappiness all over the land.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:02 | 4977743 Doctor Faustus
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It's not the cards you're dealt, it's how you play them. Life is what you choose to make of it. If you choose to be happy, you will be happy. If you choose "other" you'll get that too.

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