Mississippi didn't make the "happy" list.

For the most part, I'm a happy person, AND, I've lived here all of my life. I know that Mississippi falls short in many ways, but, I also think we get picked on a lot, just because residents of other states need someplace else to laugh at in order to ignore their shortcomings. 

Want to be happier? Consider a move to Minnesota. Personal finance site MagnifyMoney set out to measure the levels of happiness in all 50 states. They used a methodology developed by Oxford University to analyze a number of “well-being” factors in categories of health, lifestyle, prosperity -- and Minnesota came out on top. Louisiana is the least happy state, according to the data.

Here are the 5 Happiest States in America:

1. Minnesota

2. South Dakota

3. Colorado

4. Utah

5. North Dakota

And the Least Happy States:

50. Louisiana

49. Rhode Island

48. West Virginia

47. Alabama

46. Mississippi

Workers at a North Carolina Wal-Mart have a bone to pick with a man who strolled into their store and shoved more than $100 worth of steak into his pants before bolting the scene.

The man, whose name was not released, managed to stuff 10 packages of meat into his drawers before hopping on his moped and peeling out in the pouring rain. He only made it a couple of miles down the highway before deputies caught up with him and retrieved the purloined sirloin.

The police department in the small town of Nashville posted photos of the man and the meat, and confirmed they were grilling him about the crime. (News and Observer)

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