We have a wonderful state. So it’s not too surprising to hear Tennessee residents are among the happiest in the country. According to a new study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tennessee residents land in the top 5. The study was done over a 4-year period and involved 1.3 million people from all 50 states. What are the main factors to the happiness factor? Apparently states that offer beautiful surroundings, lots of sunshine, and a high quality of life tend to rank much higher than states that don’t. The study, detailed in the Knoxville News Sentinel, explains why other states such as California and New York, rank so low in the happiness ratings:
At the other end of the scale – last in happiness – is New York state.
As if to illustrate the problem, residents attending a meeting Wednesday in rural Queensbury unleashed their anger and cynicism at a state government they described as corrupt, self-dealing and too quick to increase taxes. It was a tirade that had one lifelong resident saying he was ready to flee “this stinkin’ state.”
Oswald suggested the long commutes, congestion and high prices around New York City account for some of the unhappiness.
Tennessee really is a great state and it’s easy to see why we are relatively happier compared with other states.