We are just furious about being dubbed the unhappiest people in the nation. Not sad... just really really angry. Because we're totally effing happy, but you guys added up the scores wrong or something. Right? Today the NY Times takes on the unwanted title, and even gets an apology out of one of the professors who published the study in Science magazine.
However, these "professors" are standing by their claim, after having examined piles of data and ranking each state accordingly. Reaching acceptance, the paper declares that "If there were a National Happy League, we’d be the New Jersey Nets. We’re No. 51 out of 51." Sigh, even in our poll the other day a shocking 41% of you were unhappy :(
So what gives? The professor said part of the problem is that if too many individuals think this is a great place to live, they move here "and the resulting congestion and house prices make it a nonfulfilling prophecy.” But the Times suggests taking comfort in this, as they offer up a quote from The Third Man, which states: “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” Yes, INSURGENTS.