Random Happiness

Excerpt from my Monday post…

I want to move to Hawaii.

I’m psychic.

Because Hawaii was just named Happiest State to live in.

Photo courtesy of Randy Son Of Robert

Which led me to ponder…

Is Happiness really a state of mind. Or just the state you live in?

If I move to Hawaii will I be happier?

Top 10 Happiest States

The top 10 states and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points):

  1. Hawaii: 70.2
  2. Utah: 68.3
  3. Montana: 68.3
  4. Minnesota: 67.8
  5. Iowa: 67.6
  6. Vermont: 67.4
  7. Colorado: 67.3
  8. Alaska: 67.3
  9. North Dakota: 67.3
  10. Kansas: 67.2

I find it fascinating that the other 9 states listed all have full blown winters so perhaps that seasonal affect disorder that I’m sure I have is really a myth. Hmm.

Georgia ranked 25th with a score of 66.1. I guess that’s why I’m moderately happy.

Out of curiousity, do people get depressed when they find out their state is in the bottom 10?

Go check out where your state falls on the list and let me know if it matches your state of happiness.

Bad TV that makes me happy

I also admitted on Monday that I actually watch The Bachelor.

Please don’t hold it against me.

And if you don’t watch, you can stop reading right now and move on to the next item on your “to do” list. I like to save you time whenever possible.

In true confessions form, I don’t think I’ve missed a season even though I swear every season that I’m not watching it again. My friend Nancy and I have been re-capping it from the beginning.

The last two seasons I let the darling twins watch it with me.

Side note: We had pretty strict TV rules until about 10th grade which is about the time we also lost control as parents and became the stupidest people they know.

The show has so many great teachable moments about dating that I consider it an educational tool. Well, that and it also has tons of comedy that makes us love our DVR pause and replay feature even more.

I know I’m weighing in late in the season to give my opinion but I’m compelled to share my psychic predictions about who Jake picks.

Now that he’s down to the final two – I pose the same question to the darling twins that I ask myself.

“Which person do you want to bring home to your parents and will fit in with your family, friends, lifestyle and personal values?”

Deep I know.

So will it be Tenley?
Pretty, sweet, divorced, hurt, still reeling from divorce, insecure, divorced, a wee bit of a whiner, awkward dancer, oh and she is divorced in case you didn’t catch it because she mentions it about every other sentence in every freakin’ episode.

Or Vienna Sausage?
Young, strange, immature, crazy eye, lives in swamplands of Florida, strange relationship with her father, lovely tattoo, strange hair color, wee bit of a beer gut, Hooters waitress.

Psychic Prediction: He picks no one.

Please Jake, pick no one.

Okay, maybe not psychic…more like wishful thinking.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what state you live in and how happy you are!


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    Mollie says:

    Hello friend! I live in Washington and spend alot of time in Oregon; I imagine 2 very depressing states due to the weather. But how in the world did Montana get so high on the list?
    I ♥ watching the Bachelor, don’t know why but don’t miss it. I’ve heard it’s a waste of time and some of that feedback has come from those who watch “Lost” huh? Ya, cuz that’s real too. I like your thinking and hadn’t thought of such an ending. I couldn’t even watch the Tenley dance and she’s from Oregon! I was embarrassed for her. As for Vienna, I couldn’t agree more. I’m still not convinced that Ali is out of the picture. On the other hand, Ali may lose her job but I think could easily set herself up to be the next Bachelorette. I wish she would fix her teeth though; I’m picky about teeth.

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    Joanne says:

    I’m in NJ and the state is 29th in happiness (we slipped a bit since 2008 probably because of our taxes and politicians) but I feel like I personally belong much higher on the list. A 3 sometimes a 4.

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    Melinda says:

    GA girl born and bred and i KNOW GA should be way higher on the list. I found it interesting that we are only a point lower than Kansas and down on the list 15 places further? guess there’s a WHOLE Lot of states tied for 11th maybe? and I personally would never move to Hawaii or any of those other states listed in the top 10. Don’t like long winters and don’t think I could live in a state that wasn’t in the contiguous US. Now FL or CA? Maybe.. but as you know I’ve got way too much family around here to be going anywhere. Of course for some folks that’s the reason they move but all of my kinfolk seem to get along pretty well. Too bad the rest of the country can’t! LOL
    I haven’t watched the Bachelor in years. I see bits and pieces but there always just too many ladies in the beginning for me to keep up with and then by the time the last shows come around I’m clueless so what’s the point? Real life is way better anyway and that AIN’T real life!

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    julieann says:

    I’m in CA which I think was #18. They also ranked cities and San Jose, my current home, was number one. I seriously question whatever criteria they are using because there is absolutely no way on this planet that San Jose is truly the best large city in which to reside. No way, no way, no way. Having said that I will mention that our cherry trees and daffodils are in bloom and today I sunbathed around my pool in a tank and shorts. So there are a few plusses, but, trust me, the minuses are significantly big.

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    Melodi says:

    Well, I think the happiness list is whacked. There is no way Illinois should be as high on the list as it is – come on, Blago – unemployment – we’re broke – 35 below wind chill – etc. Roscoe is the only exception! I think I would be VERY happy living in Hawaii – I love it there – only problem is you can’t move there with your dogs unless they have been quarantined for 6 months – so I probably won’t be living there in this lifetime. I do not watch The Batchelor, however my loving hubby does and I catch bits and pieces while I am reading my book in the same room. I think he just likes the idea of oodles of women vying for his love and attention!! Tee hee hee!

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    Melodi says:

    Just saw this on the local tv channel page –
    A Forbes Magazine report ranks Rockford among the most miserable places to live in the country.

    Rockford’s high unemployment rate and crime rate contributed to its negative ranking in the report. The report also looks at tax rates, commute times, weather, pollution and how the city’s pro sports teams have fared over the past two years.

    Cleveland was ranked as the most miserable place to live. Detroit is fourth and Chicago is 10th.

    You can read the full report online by clicking here