"Except for Hawaii -- presumably blissful for its island breezes, yearlong flora, and an prevalent pineapples -- all of the top five happiness states are located in the South or desert Southwest. In fact, of the happiest fifteen states, all but Hawaii and Maine are traditionally "red" states. As for the bottom fifteen, all but Missouri and Nevada are located within the coastal blue-state culture. . . New York has the distinction of being the least happy state in the country."
Hmmm . . . what does this tell us about American society and culture? What does it reflect about some of the issues surrounding our history, the WBTS, and so-called "Lost Cause" mythology. Is there a connection? I'm just asking the question.
". . . a spirit of "community colonization and control" . . . -- what today might be termed communalism or collectivism -- originated with the settlement of New England and spread to the "northern plateau" of New York, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A very different culture of individualism dominated the southern colonies and advanced with the frontier throughout the Southern, Western, and lower Midwestern regions. "The spirit of individual colonization, resentful of control" . . . , characterized this vast heartland region."
Question - is this why so many more folks leave the North and come South - are they searching for happiness as in, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?" Do they find the utopian philosophies which dominate the "unhappy" states aren't so utopian after all? Then why, pray tell, do they immediately set upon trying to implement them in their new homes?
"It is that kind of unhappiness that the political Left is attempting to force on those of us who still believe in liberty, and who, for the moment at least, are still happy."
You can read some interesting and thought provoking analysis on a recent study here at The American Thinker.