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I found great, talented, kind, talented people in Athens, Georgia, and nearby in Bogart, Georgia.
Basically, the areas marked in orange and red are the most socially dysfunctional. Crime, drugs, alcohol, murders, divorces, suicides, abortions, bitchy women etc... That's my interpretation.
The happiest Americans are Mel and myself.
And you can find us in eastern Mass and Rhode Island (her family's home state).
Many years ago, the Best Picture of 1999, "American Beauty", telegraphed the message of Happier Abroad to the world.
Beware of long term engagements with AWs, you may find yourself in a coffin.
AB discussion thread
BTW, despite settling down with an AW, myself, the warning is still in effect.
DAMN good idea.
I guess professions would include skilled trades (time off when a construction project or contract ends) and school-teaching (summers off).
My brother did well on a fishing and crabbing boats in Alaska. Guys there were a "motley crew" from all over, with money in their pockets after a voyage, and free time when they wanted it.
Kinda disagree. It really depends on what makes you happy. I've lived in rural America all my life and though I do agree it's a lot more peaceful, lack of good jobs, mixed with nothing to do can zap the happiness right out of yah. Not to mention the severe lack of attractive women. Now if you travel quite regularly overseas, I can understand finding happiness here, but a few trips a year probably won't do it.
People are a lot more friendlier here and their is a sense of community that is lacking in cities, but I find myself traveling to cities for entertainment to escape the extreme boredom. If your plan is to settle down with a wife and kids then rural is the way to go but if you are single or looking for prospects then you will be miserable. I find small cities the best like 50,000-150,000 people as their is usually a constant stream of new people coming through but you also have that local feel as well.
Most people think money makes you happy, it doesn't.
Happiest State Has Highest Property Levels
http://preventdisease.com/news/14/07231 ... omes.shtml
I wonder if the map showing people are happier in the countryside or if it is showing people are happier in warm places, relaxed places, and Catholic or Baptist places.
I've noticed the same. Seattle is the most educated city in America. But make no mistake, most of my friends are very consumed with their various agendas. The problem with this mentality (I call it the "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Syndrome) is that they literally sit around and waits to be disrespected or insulted.
Example: One of my best friends growing up is a radical Democrat. He loathes the Republican Party. So he sifts thru endless news material just so he can slam Republicans on his twice daily Facebook rants. But this has consumed his life. As a result, his life is far too polarized (a very common trait of folks here in Seattle) and he's miserable as a result.
Whomever coined the phrase, "no brains.....no headaches" was right The simple folk probably are the happiest.