Happiest and most miserable states

Residents of Hawaii are the happiest and healthiest in the nation, according to an annual national survey. But which state’s residents are the most miserable?

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Mar 8, 2013 2:21AM
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As a native West Virginian of 66 years, I totally agree that we are the most miserable state in the nation. We are unquestionally the most beautiful state; we have the most abundant natural resources (coal, gas, timber, water, etc.); and the most potential for development, home ownership, and recreation. Sadly, we are also the most corrupt state where jobs and government benefits go to the politically well-connected and their relatives while our young people must leave the state or choose a lifetime of supressive welfare. In my lifetime, I have watched carpetbaggers rape our mountaintops for easy coal and denude our forests of virgin hardwoods and leave wastelands. Presently, we are helpless and hopeless in the face of the gas frackers who will destroy our beautiful and pristine waters and leave another mess. Additionally, we are regularly voted as the top "judical hellhole" where the Appalachia Mafia control government, medical facilities, education, and the legal profession from top to bottom. Federal regulators would rather start another Afganistan than tackle the most advanced "good-ole-boy" network ever created.I apologize for all West Virginians.     
Mar 7, 2013 10:21PM
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Another stupid MSN article. People are only miserable if they want to be. I'm happy just being alive, able to walk, talk, etc. It wouldn't matter WHERE I lived, I'd still be happy.
Mar 11, 2013 11:15PM
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West Virginia is increasingly always listed as First in the Worst and Last in the Best. Why? Our government is controlled by the Appalachia Mafia, a tightly organized group of corrupt organizations and  agencies that can operate with impunity here. Any attempt to intervene or report illegal activities are overwhelmingly quashed through the grapevine. Do not report wrongdoing to OSHA, NLRB, or FBI unless you are prepared to be destroyed financially, physically, and mentally. I will continue to fight this scourge until I die or until I am "Jimmy Hoffa-ed".  
Mar 21, 2013 3:57AM
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As a lifelong resident of WV, I can say that we have some of the best, hard working people in the nation. Our church families still help each other and the less fortunate. Politics are everywhere. With that said, I see the major problem as being the obsurd tax rates in local communities. Morgantown is a wonderul town, but the price you pay to stay here equals many beach front communities. As for mountain tops, I was amazed that food, fuel, and everything else is cheaper in Denver Colorado than Morgantown West Virginia?  If you want to know the truth, just listen to Hank WilliamJuinor's song, "A country boy can survive". Although I work in a professional field, I was taught how to survive off of the land, repair my own vehicles, and build my own house. Just recently, we lost power for a few days, our neighbors from the west coast went to a motel, let their plumbing freeze and burst, and their food spoil. We used our gas stove (limited) for temporary heat, and placed our food on the snow outside....  come on people. Other than the elderly or very young, can we not use common sense? Being happy isn't that hard. Watch the Titanic, and listen to Jack. It doesn't take much to be happy.
Mar 21, 2013 3:40AM
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In Hawaii the "Maui-wowie" makes everyone happier. Aloha!
Mar 21, 2013 4:42AM
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Money....money gives you options. Options make you happy. One can live very happily anywhere with adequate resources, and without adequate resources, just about anyplace can be miserable. Pretty pictures  though....except for Mississippi. Poor ol' Mississippi. 
Mar 21, 2013 5:32AM
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I can guarantee laten walker that WVA. is not NEARLY as corrupt as Illinois!  The past two governors of Illinois have done jail time on corruption charges.  The mob and the unions run the city of Chicago which, by the way runs the entire state and sucks up the majority of the state's budget.  The weather here is abysmal; in winter its extremely cold and in summer its so hot and humid you'd swear you were living in the Amazon Rain Forest.  Our professional sports teams stink---it's like all a baseball player has to do is put on a Cub's uniform and their skills go straight down the toilet.  Unemployment is at an all time high and our real estate market is still rock bottom. Yet, most Chicagoans can't seem to tear themselves away from this state. I was born in Illinois, but I can guarantee you as soon as I can sell my house, I'll be moving elsewhere.
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I'm amazed PA isn't on that list considering there's damned near little manufacturing jobs left and the crackheads are spreading out of their ghettos into rural areas.
Mar 7, 2013 9:11PM
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Too echo L H, happy or unhappy is a state of mind, not a state of residence.

Mar 21, 2013 3:25AM
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So many people commenting here have no idea what a poll is, how it works or what it means. Just because you are happy and live in a sad state (or vice-versa) does not make the poll invalid. 
Mar 21, 2013 6:54AM
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Be happy on purpose.You're only as miserable as you want to be.Nowhere,nobody is truly happy because we're human beings....do what you love,be with who you love and enjoy it as it is.If that doesn't work....go find it.
Mar 21, 2013 7:22AM
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It is funny that the south is such a miserable place to live.  All of us southerners should take our chances in Chicago, Detroit, Philly..you name it.  Northerners are the rudest people on earth but I guess not saying hello to your neighbor an having FU as a normal part of your vocabulary means you are happy. The one person got it right, you can be happy anywhere in this country and you can be miserable anywhere in this country. And oh yes, I do understand what a poll is. It is where some group targets a certain type of people and then pretends that it represents everyone. POLLS ARE STUPID... PEOPLE LIE!
Mar 21, 2013 6:42AM
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Stay tuned for yet another MSN rating: Next Week, appearing here: Detroit, MI is the SAFEST, most BEAUTIFUL, PEACEFUL City in America!!
Mar 21, 2013 5:02AM
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I wish MSN would stop these childish comparisons between states and cities. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !
Mar 21, 2013 3:59AM
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Thats funny Im from Kentucky myself the second most miserable, and all the miserable states are in the south sounds bias. Im quite content, love my family, love my life. Perhaps these people doing this survey are confuseing material things and physical image with happiness. I am out of shape, not to bad for 41 I guess, however Im college educated earn a good salary, and I have plenty maybee they should take a second look at Detroit people are leaving like theres no tommarow.

Mar 21, 2013 7:06AM
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This is nothing but diatribe.  I have seen surveys/polls in the past where Southerners/red states were the happiest and one I know MSN will love; one where red states gave more of their income to charity than blue states.  I'm pretty sure this is a fishing trip here.  Southerners have always been known as the happier, more hospitable.  But where they may have gotten it right is I will agree that while the South is getting better, they probably don't eat as healthy or excercise as much as the West Coast.   But smokers are everywhere and the South rules when it comes to weather:  You can live in the mountains of NC,Tn etc, or enjoy the sunshine of Florida or get a bit of both in Georgia.  There are actually plenty of states in the South where a wonderful warm atmosphere welcome you year round.  I have lived in all regions of this country and find the people in the south the friendliest and I challenge anyone to state otherwise.
Mar 8, 2013 11:39AM
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Home is what you make of it.  I'm like a couple of other people who have posted.  Happiness is being content-not satisfied, but content.
Mar 8, 2013 10:07AM
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Why is it that people from the happiest states move to SC to retire. Now they are really the happiest people. Warm weather and lower prices on most things. They could move back home but very few of them do!
Mar 21, 2013 4:33AM
Mar 21, 2013 8:02AM
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This article, like so many, is pure BS.  I''ve lived and worked in seven states: VA, TN, GA, NH, MA, CT and NY and currently reside in my native state, Virginia.  Even though the people in Tennessee are the poorest on my list, I would say that they are the most friendly and the most likely to say hello to a passing stranger and offer help if needed.   Conversely, the residents of CT and MA have the highest income of those states, but they are the least friendly, most likely to complain, the least likely to be helpful.  Neither place would I want to live again.  While people in NH minded their own business and weren't the friendliest, they were for the largest part kind, and I enjoyed living there.  Because the cost of living is cheapest in the nation, the tax-burden is one of the lowest, real estate is very affordable, and winters are mild, I would consider retiring in Tennessee.  Happiness cannot be measured by four or five statistics.  So this article is completely bogus and extremely prejudicial.      
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