Hey, New Jersey: Fuhgeddaboudit! You’re Happier Than You Think!
Well here we go again! Shortly after nearly everyone in the Garden State was shocked to learn that we’re really high up on a list of “best places to live in America” comes these survey results from Wallethub.
New Jersey residents are the 5th happiest in the entire country!
Say, whaaaaat? The same people who lean on their horn the moment a traffic light turns from red to green are actually happy? That guy working 3 full time jobs in a grimy t-shirt, driving that beat up imported POS just to be able to afford a quarter of an acre with 3 beds and a bath and a half is actually happier than the vast majority of our country?
All 50 states were ranked based on 30 different metrics, including stuff like: Emotional and physical health . . . career satisfaction . . . unemployment . . . life expectancy . . . depression . . . sleep . . . and weather.
The top five happiest states in the nation are:
1: Hawaii 2: Maryland 3: Minnesota 4: Utah and (drum roll) 5: New Jersey
So smile, Jersey! You’re actually a lot better than you give yourself credit for! Does this mean that maybe we should just chill out for a moment and take a look around us and appreciate what we have around here? Maybe it’s time we stop the self-loathing and bitchy attitude and recognize that New Jersey is awesome!?
Nah, it’s more fun to complain, isn’t it? As my friend Danny Shade once told me, “If you’re not bitchin’, you’re not livin’!” (He meant it 1000% sarcastically, by the way.)
The least happy states in the country are:
45: Alabama 46: Kentucky 47: Arkansas 48: Louisiana and 50: West Virginia
See? Now that you look at the bottom of the list, it’s kinda making more sense, isn’t it. West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky… they’re the worst.
Hang in there, Jersey. You’re doin’ ok! Great parks, awesome beaches, fantastic restaurants, and awesome music venues… We rock!