The Happiest State in America? Sadly, Surveys Don't Agree

Americans have long been engaged in the pursuit of happiness. It's in the Declaration of Independence after all. So when studies suggest some states are happier than others, tempers flare, even during the holidays. The latest study ranking states from happiest to gloomiest actually placed some of the states with the wealthiest populations (New York, Connecticut, New Jersey) near the bottom and some of the poorer ones (Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi) near the top, suggesting once more that money cannot buy happiness.