Georgians less miserable than other Southerners

The South, according to the folks at Gallup, is the home of bad health and gloomy thoughts of the future.

The good news? Georgia is the happiest of this unhappy lot.

Gallup’s “Well-Being Index,” which may be a hodge-podge of nonsense, is allegedly “a new national measure of well-being that provides leaders with the information they need to create solutions for making Americans healthier.”

To create a state score, Gallup polls people and asks them how happy they are with their job, physical health, emotional health and other things.

Hawaii comes out on top, which makes sense. A lot of people who live in that tropical paradise are rich.

West Virginia comes in last, which makes sense too. West Virginia is one of the poorest states in America.

Why is Georgia ranked higher than surrounding states? I surmise it is because Georgia has the highest median household income of any Southern state. Or, we are the most delusional.

Money can’t buy happiness, they say, but it seems to buy well-being — whatever that is.

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87 comments Add your comment

Southern BornNBred

March 15th, 2011
1:12 pm

“Why is Georgia ranked higher than surrounding states? I surmise it is because Georgia has the highest median household income of any Southern state.”

I’m not sure money is the deciding factor in happiness, although it helps. More important I believe is the people you’re surrounded by. I cannot even imagine having to live in the North where people have such hateful attitudes toward each other; I’d rather live in Libya.

The Original WDE

March 15th, 2011
1:20 pm

Probably helps that there’s tons of different things to do in Georgia. Far more than any other single southern state.

The Original WDE

March 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

Exception being Florida, if you consider anything south of the panhandle “the south”

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
1:47 pm

Hey Southern BNB…”I’d rather live in Libya”?? Really and that’s not a hateful remark? Goes to show how uneducated you really are. I think you would be a great fit in Libya with your rebel flag and all.
Good luck.
Yours Truly,
Northern Born and Bred.

High School Math Teacher

March 15th, 2011
1:49 pm

How did North Dakota get up there? Has anyone here been there? You can drive for MILES and not even see a dog. Maybe they drink a lot of beer.

Karen Alise

March 15th, 2011
1:49 pm

I’m from the north. Massachuetts actually. We’re not hateful. We have universal health care and thats the nicest thing you could ever do.

TRUE SOUTH!

March 15th, 2011
1:50 pm

I’m with Southern BornNBred! I mean, sure the statistics say that Northerners are happier, but those people are just mean and hateful awful people. I hate being up there around such hateful, horrible Yankees. All Yankees do is say awful and rude things about other people. They go right on the internet and just make insults. Hateful!

Not like us Southerners who know how to be polite and respectful of others.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
1:55 pm

Hey Southerners…”hate” is a strong word. All I see here in this blog is the South hating on the folks up north and I would bet my 6 figure salary that none of you have ever lived in the north. I guess that would make you people “judgemental”. I know…a big word for you…look it up.
Until you have lived it…shut it.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
1:56 pm

Oh I am sorry…too direct for you “southerners”. Maybe I should sugar coat it then stab you in the back when you are not looking. Sound familiar TRUE SOUTH?

Mary Ann

March 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

Ted

March 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

JohnC — “Oh I am sorry…too direct for you “southerners”. Maybe I should sugar coat it then stab you in the back when you are not looking. Sound familiar TRUE SOUTH?”

This guy knows his Southerners. I agree totally. Of course it was a Southerner who started making the hateful comments. Too cold/rainy to be burning crosses outside? (Bless his heart.)

SherrillNY

March 15th, 2011
2:14 pm

Well, bless ya’lls hearts. Let’s get this north and south thang goin’, start another civil war – like there isn’t enough wars out there already! Sad.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
2:15 pm

sad is an understatement

artwithaB

March 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

Kind of a dumb article that proposes to be about Georgians and happiness and not even presenting Georgia’s place in the table. As for Southern Born, True South and John C, I think all of you are bringing Georgia’s friendliness figures down. Why not spread more joy instead, John C, and spread a little of that 6-figure income around to make more unemployed people in Georgia happy? :)

Georgia on my Mind

March 15th, 2011
2:23 pm

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

artwithaB…why don’t you get off your a** and get a job. I think that would help more people rather than you expecting those who bust their a** everyday making that 6 figure income. It didn’t come on a silver platter. By the way…you must be from the South”judgemental”…I certainly give a lot of that income as well as my time to help those in need and can’t get a job. I am just guessing that even if I helped you, you wouldnt appreciate it. Just a guess…

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Warren

March 15th, 2011
2:26 pm

I’d be happy just to move out of Georgia!

Donna

March 15th, 2011
2:29 pm

I’ve lived in GA all my life and heard things about people up north, that they were rude, etc. I had the chance to work with people in NYC for a number of years, and they were all extremely nice. I think that some southerners have a very skewed view of northerners. In the past few years, I’ve seen a giant change in the people of Atlanta, let me tell you they are not the kindest or friendliest. Anywhere you go your are going to have nice and rude people.

Kyle

March 15th, 2011
2:29 pm

John C

Hey Yankee Liberal if it is so great up there go back and be with those “lovely women” you got there. This is a RED state. You don’t belong and you are not welcome buddy. There is no “sugar coat” here….just straight up Helter Skelter. GET OUT!!!

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
2:34 pm

Kyle…you are a real idiot.Go back and read the blog. It’s not about living there, it about the folks on this blog who never have lived there being judgemental about those who do. Who cares if its a freakin RED state. What’s that got to do with anything? Let me guess…you have GET OUT!!! on your front door where you live? Close your eyes and picture what that place looks like. scary…

Happy

March 15th, 2011
2:35 pm

It is truly hilarious to see the Southerners spreading hate and prejudice for those living in the North while blaming Northerners for hate. Can you spell hypocrisy?

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
2:36 pm

By the way Kyle…if what the southerners say is true about the folks in the north…according to yuor comment you must be from the north. So I appreciate your candor. I feel like like am back home “buddy”. ;)

Lynn Griffeth

March 15th, 2011
2:38 pm

I’ve traveled a lot and there is no such thing in my mind as a “yankee” or a “southern redneck”. I’ve meet people who have these labels that were kind, nice and giving. It’s all in how a person is raised – not demographics.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
2:40 pm

Happy…perfect! That’s how stupid some can be. Let’s spread hate and then blame it on someone else. Typical attitude that comes from this region. I am glad to know us “northerners” continue to plow through and make Atlanta a great city. Like, Chicago, New York, Boston….great cities.

JB

March 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

Living up “north” is just a way of life that is different. Long cold winters, older surroundings etc….It’s just different. I live on a lake in SC in a gated community and most of my neighbors are retired Northerners….And for the most part, great people. Most said they love living in the South. They all have a little”air” about them, which is understandable. Lot’s of poverty in the area and not their kind of food at the good local restaurants. But they love the weather and the friendliness of the south.

Proud Carpet Bagger

March 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

Today’s pessimism comes from the media and current events, not from where you live. Yankees burned the south down and now we’re building it up. We’ve come to take your women and your jobs. Haha..

joe

March 15th, 2011
2:51 pm

Every state has their idiots, need an example, see true south and JohnC…If you want to be happy, get off your duff and get outside and enjoy life instead of watching other idiots like RHOA or Jersey Shore on TV. Ya’ll have a great day.

BO & LUKE DUKE

March 15th, 2011
2:54 pm

Hey John,How would you like that a** whooped bit**!!!!

Browncoat

March 15th, 2011
2:54 pm

Zippety doo da, zippety-a, my oh my, what a wonderfyl day!

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
2:56 pm

BO & LUKE DUKE…bring it.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

I actually like that show the Dukes of Hazard. Showed what the South used to be like until us northerners came to fix it.

From the North.....

March 15th, 2011
3:00 pm

The comments are very interesting…..Being from the North and having lived here in the South for the second time now, things have changed for the worst. I gave it a second chance, but the weather is the only reason why I may stay longer, but definitely not forever. Heck, jobs pay better in the North so that alone is a plus! Dealing with people in the North is really no different than dealing with people in the South. I remember when Southerners were very nice and kind, but not so much anymore….It’s all about home training in how you treat others, not your demographic location.

BO & LUKE DUKE

March 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

We liked the episode where John c got that a** whipped like the little yankee bit** he is.

Milburn Drysdale

March 15th, 2011
3:09 pm

I’ve got news for all of you people throwing mud at southerners and northerners, i.e. JohnC and Kyle….I don’t think either of you know how stupid you sound with “Delta is ready when you are”, and “us northerners came to fix it”.

BO & LUKE DUKE

March 15th, 2011
3:18 pm

Stay out of this Milburn…..John C is about to get that a** tore slap up…He probably weighs 500lbs,wears gym suits,see through socks and lives with his fat yankee mom who crams meatballs down his fat yankee throat.

NJ by birth GA girl by luck

March 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

@JohnC I was born in NJ we moved here when I was 7. There’s not enough money in the world to make me go back there. This place is heaven compared to the dreariness of northern states. There are hateful people and rednecks in every state so we just have to learn to deal with it.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
3:21 pm

BOLUKE…you nailed it. How did you know? Again you probably think we all look like that because thats all the people you know! Fly the rebel flag proud boys…remember it is a symbol for YOU LOSE

booboo

March 15th, 2011
3:24 pm

The South is horrible. No wonder most of the “happy” States are out West.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
3:25 pm

Yep..I knew that last comment would shut the rednecks up. Good night all.

Milburn Drysdale

March 15th, 2011
3:25 pm

See through socks? I’ve got to admit…that’s funny.

Jim L

March 15th, 2011
3:26 pm

John C, bet you never lived in the south. How many southerners retire north? Just the opposite. Spell happiness and family values.

heartofdarkness

March 15th, 2011
3:30 pm

Is this the theme for a comedy routine at the Punchline?

Redneck

March 15th, 2011
3:33 pm

Wow, JohnC sure shut us rednecks up, didn’t he? Kinda funny how one person’s negative comment about the north can lump all us SOUTHERNERS into the dumb redneck commment. Considering how many posts JohnC has made, it really must of struck a nerve. Oh, BTW, no one is forcing any of u South bashing a**holes to live here. And how exactly is the South broken? And why would you want to fix it considering you hate Southerners so much? One more thing, we actually make six figures down here too (some 7 or higher if you’re really edumicated) & were a hell of a lot happier before the snow birds decided to move in!

scottbravesfan

March 15th, 2011
3:33 pm

You people are idiots. They are jerks everyone just like there are red necks everywhere. All those Jersey shore people are white trash just like people in the trailer parks in south Georgia are. They are all red necks just with different accents.

And the reason there seems to be more a holes in NY or New England is because there are just more people in general in those areas. The metro population is around 18 million in New York the metro population in Atlanta is 5 million. You are going to get more of every type of person in NY than you would here. Also I hate to break it to John C but northerners did not “change” the south or Atlanta. Atlanta was already starting to become a booming city since the 1960s. Most of the transplants didn’t start moving to Atlanta until the 1990s. If anything all the transplants have done is make the traffic worse. That’s what is so bad about transplant cities people move there but then expect it to be like the city they left behind. If I moved to San Diego I would not think it would be the same as Chicago but people complain about it and how it’s not the same as their hometown. Same way people do in Atlanta. Instead of trying to assimilate to your surroundings most transplants don’t. If all of you would start rooting for the Atlanta sports teams, supporting other Atlanta causes the city would be in a much better light on the national level.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
3:34 pm

Jim L…dummy. Of course I live here. You think I would read this POS AJC crap if I didnt? And by the way we retire in the south for the weather and low cost of living, not values and happiness. You would be the stupid one to retire up north with that kind of comment.

This is all funny. A great comedy routine definately could come of it.

BO & LUKE DUKE

March 15th, 2011
3:34 pm

John C,you do all look like that. and I will fly it.What did you win???Listen to Ga girl by luck “heaven compared to dreariness of the northern states” and she’s from there!!!!!Jersey,new york,boston,detroit,pitt….all decaying armpits of the U.S.and then theres us with our blue skis,green rolling hills,beautiful lakes and mountains.New roads,parks, buildings and infrastructure.So go back and claim what you won.You won’t because all the union jobs are folding and you’re so stupid you need to pay someone to keep your job for you.Yankee punk a** Bit**!!!!!

Milburn Drysdale

March 15th, 2011
3:35 pm

Carpet Bagger has come to take our women and our jobs! What’s the matter….can’t get your own.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
3:36 pm

Go Braves! Win it all this year! I like your thinking scottbravesfan.

JohnC

March 15th, 2011
3:38 pm

BOLUKE…thanks to our unions, steel and business sense you do get to enjoy your new parks and buildings. Where do you think all the textiles come from? Mars? Oh wait…you probably do.
IDIOT!