Let’s All Just Be Happy

Recently, I just stumbled upon this eye-opening article:

Millenials and Gen X are the “most stressed-out generations in America

Since moving to the NYC area, I’ve noticed that many companies are asking so much of employees – TOO much. So many of my friends are overworked; working late hours, over the weekend, and are expected to essentially dedicate their lives to their job…and are completely underpaid for it. And it’s expected.

After reading that, I decided I need to spread some happiness. Here we go!

10 Happiest States in America

Is yours a happy state? I was extremely excited to see my home state of Iowa ranked as the 9th happiest state, for reasons like “feeling safe walking alone at night” and “access to clean water”. Iowans also report feeling like they can afford food and shelter. “Iowans are also among the happiest with their work environments, generally feeling that they are satisfied by their jobs, treated well by their bosses, and using their strengths.” Great to see after that last article!

View from my parent's back porch. How can you not be happy here?

Sunrise from my parent’s back porch. How can you not be happy here?

De-Stressing Through Laughter

Perfect article to follow that last one, right?

What Social Media Would Look Like Without the Internet

What could life be like without social media? Take a look!

Life Interrupted: Putting a Positive Spin on Cancer

I’ve been following this column in the New York Times for a few months now; it’s written from the viewpoint of a 20-something’s experiences with leukemia. Sidenote: there’s something you can do to help. Visit BeTheMatch.org (operated by the National Marrow Donor Program) and request a swab kit. If you meet the basic guidelines, you’ll receive a kit in the mail to swab your cheek cells. You send it back and they add you to the registry. If anyone ever needs a bone marrow transplant and you’re a match, you’ll receive a call. Even if you receive a call, you aren’t required to donate. It’s always voluntary.  

Be The Match

Crazy Running Girl: How My Diet Has Changed

I love Lora’s post about how her nutritionist has helped her increase her energy and improve her workouts. Hint: eating new foods and MORE calories has her feeling happier!

And now for another hysterical “goats screaming like humans” video (can’t get enough):

What’s your favorite funny online video? How do you de-stress? Is your state “happy”? Fill me in! Make me laugh!

Cheers to a happy weekend!

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  1. March 2, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    My friend lives in Iowa, she and her husband moved out there when he got a job and they got married. They miss the South and aren’t fond of the cold, but they’ve made lots of friends and say the community and people are really nice. I bet that’s why Iowans are so happy because a good social networking (real people not just online networks!) do contribute to happiness.

    And yes, I definitely feel like employers of today ask so much more than they did for our parents’ generation or even those 10-12 years older than us! We have to be “on” all the time, there is literally no such thing as an 8-5 anymore!

    • March 3, 2013 / 1:58 pm

      I’m not fond of the cold either, haha. But I do agree that a good community and lots of social opportunities are key to a happy city!

  2. March 2, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    I live in Oregon and we are ranked 24. I can’t believe it. I thought we would be higher then that! We probably are not happy because it is gray all of the time! :)

    I am from Nevada and they are ranked 39. One away from being a miserable state. It is so sad!!

    • March 3, 2013 / 1:55 pm

      As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters, right? :)

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