It’s Not Just Attitude Reconstruction that Values Happiness

I’m always looking for articles that support Attitude Reconstruction principles. Recently I came across the following piece in the Huffington Post that indicated happy place usawhere the happiest places in the United States were. Clever researchers at the University of Vermont measured 10,000 words on a positive-negative scale and then searched to see how often they appeared in twitter posts.

They found that Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia were very unhappy places (behind only Mississippi and Louisiana).  Overall the “sadness belt” of the South correlated with gun violence, obesity, high levels of poverty, and shortest life expectancies.

The happiest states were Hawaii and California, and Colorado.

Maybe we should move the capitol of our great land a bit West. Maybe that would help us along toward more compassion and cooperation as well. Maybe we need to drop a few hundred thousand copies of Attitude Reconstruction over the east coast!

What are three loving things we can do to help our friends and foes? Let me know what you think.

Be sure to check out the cool graph in the original Huffington Post article.

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