Soapsuds Hollow: Columnist not surprised by Dakotans high well-being
February 25. 2014 12:25PM
North Dakotans and South Dakotans are the happiest people in America, and Nebraskans, Minnesotans and Montanans round out the top five, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, as reported by The Washington Times.
Adults in all 50 state were interviewed – nearly 200,000 – to measure our perception of our well-being based upon “life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities.”
Being way up here in the snow doesn’t seem to bother us that much. It’s a nice break from the mosquitos and flies.
Driving a couple of hours to get to the city isn’t really that inconvenient for us, either. It’s an opportunity for a road trip.
We tend to be optimistic people, for the most part, and we know that the snow will eventually give way to spring and summer.
We travel sometimes for hours to visit each other because that’s what it takes, and we thank the Lord we are still around to have the visits.
We even had a report of spring from Minnesota, even though they just had another foot of snow over there.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a web camera in a tree somewhere in Minnesota, and it provides a live stream of video footage to the world each spring. It’s mounted above a nest belonging to a couple of bald eagles. The eagles are back, and they have two eggs in the nest, last time I checked.
When we had our own sign of spring in Dell Rapids last week, as temperatures climbed to 50 degrees, Charlotte Hinricher told me that she saw a flock of robins.