Monday, November 22, 2010

Iowa: (2nd) Happiest Place on Earth!

Can you read that? Iowa is the 2nd happiest place in the nation. How do they know this? How do they measure the happiness of Iowans? I go to the source, which throws me off my path because now I have to look our misery rank. Okay. Back to this happiness article. There we are! Iowa #2

2. Iowa

Previous Rank: 2

Non-Mortgage Debt as % of Annual Income: 28.19%

Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

Foreclosure Rate (1 foreclosure per # of households): 681

Happiness Index Value: 17

Iowa maintains its position as the second most fiscally happy state in the nation and they could be poised to take the top spot.

The Des Moines Register reports, “Two areas of the economy that led Iowa out of the 2001 recession are starting to show signs of strength, a new report showed Monday. Manufacturing, an industry hard hit in the lingering recession, posted improvement in September’s Iowa Leading Indicators Index … Residential building permits also climbed in September over August.”

That sounds great and all, but I still wondered how they were measuring the happy and can you really trust a test that puts Nebraska at number 1? Like any reasonable person I went to Wikipedia. There it is. Gross National Happiness. Have you heard of such a thing? Then I found this OTHER strange site. And here's some sort of dissertation on measuring happiness. And the National Bureau of Economic Research is out there studying our happiness.

America, do you know that as a whole we aren't the most chipper people on the planet? Don't we want to be the best at everything? We need to get happier! We're at 150 internationally.

I'm pretty happy though so I think there's a strong possibility that this test is 100 percent accurate. No one asked me how happy I was, but maybe they could tell just by looking at me. Someone should invent a facial expression barometer and compare the results to the above findings. I wonder if the amount of smiles would be in direction proportion to the lack of foreclosures.


Both Sides of Ben said...

#150 is pretty lame, but i was checking out that happy planet index and it seems like its a bit skewed. i dunno, im pretty happy i suppose. maybe they asked the wrong people. and whats up with Iowa - who knew?! Besides Iowans of course

Becky said...

I guess in the grand scheme of things, I'd rather be #2 on the Happy Meter than say, #48. That would suck. Who is number #48?

Reverend Awesome said...

The unhappiest (ending with the most miserable.

Idaho (No, you da ho.)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

tee hee, f##k Florida!

George and Maureen Johnson said...

Florida is God's waiting :) This was interesting though. Not sure about Wisconsin, they are all drunk all the time, and eat, and wear cheese hats. lol :) They seem happy at the time but who knows when they get home hung over, and take off their hats! lol lol ;) We do not wear cheese hats, though we love eating our cheese.

k.a. barnes said...

Gary & Maureen, you're killing me.
I think I'd be frickin' ecstatic if I could be drunk all the time eating and wearing a cheese hat. Now I gotta go check where NY fell.

Reverend Awesome said...

I too want to wear cheese hats and eat cheese. Oh and the drunkenness!
Do you guys eat cheese curds? Someone made me try it once. (Not fried. Those are obviously way great.) It was like putting a rubber bouncy ball in my mouth! It was not for me.

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