The New York Times ran a fascinating graphic Sunday, a multicolored map titled “The National Well-Being Landscape.” It was based on a Gallup poll that tried to determine, among other things, just how happy Americans are – and which states are happier than others.
Here’s a link to it. When it’s done downloading, click on “Happiness” and tell me what you see. What I see are states like Hawaii, the two Dakotas, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska and Nebraska all scoring in the 90th percentile or higher, which puts them at the very top of the happiness rankings (along with Utah, Minnesota and Kansas).
And what do the first seven states have on common? Answer: None of them has a franchise in one of the four major professional leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL).
Obviously, these states have a few other things going for them. (The weather in Hawaii, for instance, is said to be fairly tolerable.) But could their contentment also be the result of not living in the vicinity of, say, a 6-10 pro football team, a 16-45 pro basketball team and a 69-93 pro baseball team?
Just thought I’d throw that out there. There might not be any connection at all. At the very least, though, it’s an interesting coincidence.