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.