Is Nevada Happy or Sad? Let’s Just Say We May Need a Hug

Published On March 21, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Community, Health

According to a recent Gallup poll, Hawaii is once again one of the happiest states in the U.S.  Could it be all those beaches, sunny days, and awesome food?  Perhaps.  Also in the top five were Colorado, Minnesota, Utah and Vermont.  The states that desperately needed some cheering up were Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee, with West Virgina being the most miserable….again.  Yes, it seems little has changed in the past few years.                            Nevada Not So Happy

So where did Nevada rank?  Well, we weren’t moping with the other states in the bottom five but we were close.  Very close.  Nevada may not have been in the bottom five but we were in the bottom ten, tying with Oklahoma and South Carolina.  Oklahoma?  Isn’t that where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain?
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States were scored based on overall well-being with individual factors such as emotional and physical health, work environment, and healthy behaviors included in the tally.  So why did Nevada score so low?  My theory is simple.  We’ve suffered some major economic blows over the past few years, with unemployment and foreclosure rates at an all time high.  Although we’re on the road to recovery, there’s still plenty to cry about.  We have a crappy school system and an even crappier healthcare here in Nevada.  We need more community connection and better resources for families and children.

So what are your thoughts?  Why do you think Nevadans aren’t doing the happy dance?

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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