I just read the most intresting article at http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-02-15-cities_N.htm
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index did a study interviewing more than 350,000 Americans on their outlook of jobs, finances, physical health, emotional state of mind and communities and, although there are more than 160 cities listed, the common denominator is cities in the West. The top 10 cities with the happiest people include four in California, two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Hawaii. What could be causing the West to be more of place of optimism than any other region in America? Could it be that the West has always held doors of possible opportunity since it was discovered? A place of new frontier and opportunities waiting around every corner. Or it could the be the beautiful landscape we have: mountains, lakes, deserts, oceans. I definitely feel as though I live in a place full of happy people, and I am proud to be a contributing member of happy attitude and outlook. So if you are feeling blue, come out west, we may have just the thing for you!