Live Science just concluded a three year study to determine which state has the happiest citizens.
Not to my surprise, my state won. Though we are known for our hospitality, apparently no one from outside the state put two and two together as to why? The reason we are so hospitable is because we are so happy. Our simple, easy-going nature, obviously unfathomable to the major media outlets, apparently has a positive side. Despite the fact that we are poorer, sicker, and less educated than almost every other state, we are somehow happier than any other state. I have been to most other states, and I don't need a study to tell me that.
Unfortunately, none of the news and TV reports even mention Louisiana beyond the fact that we got the top spot. New York and Connecticut got the 50th and 49th spots respectively, so they are the focus. As usual, even when we kick New York's butt, they are still the attention whore. People can easily imagine New Yorkers miserable, but those stupid, uneducated, overweight Southerners happy? The results must be wrong!
Of course, if something bad happens to us, like a Hurricane smashing us and revealing our poverty, the vultures can't get enough carrion.
Not like it matters. We don't really care. Or rather, we do care. We always have a chip on our shoulder that no one gives a crap about us, and the entire US Government proved our assumption correct four years ago. I think that is why we are content. For some reason this feeling of us against the world gives us a pride that I'd wager a lot of the rest of the country does not have. And that strange feeling of unity, despite one of the least homogeneous populations of any state, makes us happy.
Not to mention that our food is better, we have one public beach in the whole state so everyone has to go to the same place and it is awesome, our humor and art is richer, and we are more colorful and better looking than the rest of the country*. That stuff is just lagniappe, though.
Oh yeah, and we use words like lagniappe.
*No offense to the rest of the country