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Why Louisianans are so happy

Wade McIntyre
Wade McIntyre

Whoever is happy will make others happy. Mark Twain

Happiness is just an illusion, filled with sadness and confusion.  Jimmy Ruffin

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. Anonymous children’s song

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time. Edith Wharton

The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

It seems there are happy people everywhere these days.

At least in Louisiana and Ascension Parish.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control ranked Louisiana the happiest state in the nation.

Now a study by the University of Wisconsin says Ascension Parish is the sixth happiest parish in the happiest state.

I think people where I live and work are a pretty happy lot. I know they’re good people.

I’m just trying to find out why everyone is so happy.

Maybe they don’t watch the nightly news.

Maybe they know economics is cyclical, that if it’s bad today, it will be better tomorrow.

Don’t tell me we’re happier than anyone else because the Saints won. The study was conducted before this year’s hallowed Super Bowl win. Besides, everyone in the world is happy the Saints won.

We can’t be happy about the only decent governor we’ve had in decades planning to run for President. Who’s going to take Bobby Jindal’s place when he leaves? If history is any indicator, we’ll simply revert to the political laughingstock of the nation once again.

Just because its cold as heck outside, that doesn't mean we won’t have another hurricane season this summer?

What about the traffic on I-12 at O’Neal Lane? I bet the study people never interviewed anyone caught in that rush hour mess.

If we’re the happiest people in the nation, five years down the road from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, pity the poor folk in the rest of the country.

Maybe that’s the answer. Louisiana and Ascension Parish are better off than the rest of the country where the survey was conducted.

I think it’s a plausible reason for our overwhelming state of happiness. We’re working our way back from the hurricanes, our economy is  stable, we still haven’t forgotten how to sing and dance.

I’m happy with that.