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The unhappiest states

Where do the saddest people in America live?

By Susannah Bradley Mar 15, 2013 6:53PM

The residents of many of America’s red states are feeling decidedly blue, according to a report issued this week (PDF) by research firms Gallup and Healthways. The annual well-being report found that there’s a sadness cluster made up of 10 contiguous states in the Midwest and South.

Citizens of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma scored poorly for multiple factors that affect well-being, including emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to food, shelter and health care.

Respondents in the saddest states scored especially poorly for physical health and healthy behaviors. In fact, many of these states lead the nation in incidence of diabetes, obesity and other metabolic disorders. These respondents also were more likely to smoke, exercise infrequently, and consume few fruits and vegetables. In addition, they reported more worry, sadness, anger and stress than did residents of happier states.

So, with our saddest citizens clustered in the South and Midwest, where are the shiny, happy people? According to the report, the states where citizens enjoy the greatest sense of well-being are Hawaii, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Vermont, Montana, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Iowa and Massachusetts.

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Mar 20, 2013 12:40PM
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What's to be happy about? We have a lousy Government. Our bridges and roads are pathetic. The cost of everything is going up. The fat cat bankers and Wall Streeters are hoarding all the money. Houses we bought with hard earned money are worth less than we paid for them but we have to keep paying. There are no meaningful jobs. Crime is running rampant. You fear going out for fast food afraid some worthless gang member will get you in their crossfire or some drug head will rob the restaurant. etc,etc!  And did I mention OUR LOUSY GOVERNMENT?!
Mar 20, 2013 12:25PM
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Probably could just as easiy add the remainder of the states too. The USA is really in a slump seems to me.
Mar 20, 2013 12:37PM
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Well there's 60 seconds of my life I'd like to have back.  What a worthless article.
Mar 20, 2013 12:44PM
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How could they forget us in New Jersey?  We pay the highest property taxes and car insurance in the land and can't afford to go anywhere or do anything.  The weather here really stinks, gray and gloomy so much of the time.  Can't sell your home to get out because who wants to live here?   It's depressing.
Mar 20, 2013 12:45PM
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Obama has separated this nation, made us dependant on the government, and caused us to be scorned by the world, and you ask why Americans are unhappy?
Mar 20, 2013 12:36PM
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Gee, I live in central Ohio and I had no idea I wasn't happy.  Is there something I can do so that I can feel like other citizens of Ohio?  I can't ask my neighbors for help because I'm pretty sure they feel the same as I do.

 

Signed,

 

I was happy......until I read this article.  What a waste!

Mar 20, 2013 12:43PM
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...!et me guess.........

 

The author is a liberal dumbocrat who voted for Obama!!

Mar 20, 2013 12:44PM
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This article is "BOGUS".

There's absolutely no fact to back this dumb A$$ article.

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