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Old 11-24-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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I saw this article ranking the USA states as "Happiest". WV came in last. I was surprised. Does anyone agree/disagree with this?

Want to be happier? You may need to move - Mental health- msnbc.com
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia 'Burbs
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Wow, so you mean states with more people in poverty are less happy in general? Incredible sociological investigating.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Doesn't surprise me. Virginia is about right where it should be too, imo
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:56 AM
 
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When I saw that the feed was coming from msnbc I moved out of the link...enough for me.

It's a credibility issue...nothing personal.

Why do people continue to churn this bull&it?
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia 'Burbs
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lmao...you DO know that MSNBC didn't do the study, right?
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:54 AM
 
Location: un peu près de Chicago
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The title of the article is a hoot:
HAPPIEST U.S. STATES ARE WEALTHY AND TOLERANT
Utah tops list, ...
Utah? Tolerant? Tolerant if you are a member of the LDS. For other folks, not so much. Utah is the very last place I'd want to live.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:14 AM
 
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This ought to sum it up



Last edited by kookamus; 11-25-2009 at 07:15 AM.. Reason: edited for spelling
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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I’m always suspicious about polls and pollsters so I took a look at the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index website [http://www.well-beingindex.com/]. I’ve heard of the Gallup polls of course, but this Healthways thing was new to me. They say Gallup-Healthways is the ‘official’ measure for health and well being in America. OK. I guess Gallup is good at polling because they’ve been doing it for umpteen years, but who is Healthways? If you click on About Us at the top of the Gallup webpage you will see a link to Healthways. I went there and this is what I found: they are a company that sells ‘solutions’ for healthcare problems.

I guess West Virginia is supposed to run to Healthways now and beg them to come up with a plan to make everyone in the state happy. Well, as the MSNBC report said, there’s not much of a percent spread between Utah at 69.2 and WVa at 61.2. All polls have a degree of uncertainty that could be as much as 5% depending on the questions and how they are asked.

I’ve never met anyone in WVa who said they were unhappy. They might have been mad about some environmental or local government problem, but overall they are just as happy, healthy and tolerant as people in other states.

The media loves to put these stories out there because they attract people to the website which is good for selling ads and generating income. Got to always be skeptical when reading stuff like this and ALWAYS check out the source!
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I do know some unhappy people in general, but i figure that goes on just about anywhere. I don't think they are unhappy just because they live in WV.

I'm not happy all of the time, but that's natural and healthy to be that way. I don't blame it on geography.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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I’ve never met anyone in WVa who said they were unhappy. They might have been mad about some environmental or local government problem, but overall they are just as happy, healthy and tolerant as people in other states.
I agree. Folks I've met from WV don't look miserable at all to me. In fact, I was at a wedding recently (a co-worker) and had to say it was one of the best weddings I've been too. Everyone laughing and dancing - just fabulous-- something I don't always see in weddings (especially when people don't know each other).

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The media loves to put these stories out there because they attract people to the website which is good for selling ads and generating income. Got to always be skeptical when reading stuff like this and ALWAYS check out the source!
Good point. Now I begin to suspect that the "ills" of WV now need to be solved with medical, pharmaceutical, research centers, etc. Wasn't there a recent article on medical/scientific research moving into WV? Good news for the economy and "justifiable" by such articles.
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