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Mapping the Nations Well-Being or Why Are People in Wyoming So Damn Happy?

8 Mar

The New York Times has an interactive map of the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey.  I get why the people in Hawaii are so happy.  They live in Hawaii.  It’s beautiful, no snow, free healthcare, also, fresh pineapple all the time.   (That last one would be enough for me.)

But, Wyoming?  Why?  It’s not pretty, there’s a lot of snow, I’m pretty sure that their healthcare isn’t all that great, and I bet they don’t get to eat a lot of pineapple.  (Or mangoes…)  But, apparently they’re happy.  Way happier than Ohio anyway.  (We’re clearly in the not so happy group.)

So, explore your (house district’s) happiness or misery according to a number of factors (none of which involved questions about pineapples or mangoes, sadly) at the NY Times.  Played with the map to your heart’s content and still can’t figure out why the people in Wyoming are happy?  Go directly to the source; Gallup will give you more stats than you ever wanted to know.

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