Tweeting happiness: 10 happiest and 10 saddest states, based on Twitter rankings

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013 1:27 a.m. MST

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The abundance of "happy" words such as "beach" and food-related words in tweets from Hawaii led the state to nab the title of the happiest state, according to researchers.

Hawaii's happy state abbreviation — "HI" — helped skew the numbers in its favor, the study said, but "the rich variety of happy words occurring in Hawaii paints a convincing picture of it as a happy state regardless of this small bias."

Hawaii ranked at 6.17 on the happiness scale. The mean value of the entire United States was 6.01.

Some happy words used in Hawaii tweets included beach, thanks, pearl, coffee, resort, shopping, island, restaurant, spa, food and paradise.

>> Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, top center, addresses a joint session of the Hawaii State Legislature giving his state of the state address at the Hawaii State Capitol Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Honolulu.
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Layton, UT

Not too bad. Not sure why Nevada is such a happy place... other than all the partying that goes on there... and Maine is a lovely state, and who can expect to compete with Hawaii... Everybody there is nice, I think it's in their genes. They definitely have the nicest strangers I've ever met... Utah did pretty darn good snagging #4.

And of course it is with great satisfaction I note that we beat out big tourism states that pride themselves a bit too much in how wonderful their lifestyle is... like California, Oregon, Washington, Florida and Colorado. Buwahahaha!

Somewhere in Time, UT

I'm highly skeptical about the validity of this study. However, I do believe Utah is one of the happiest places in the world and Provo/Orem is one of the happiest places in Utah.

Sugar City, ID

In Utah and Idaho there are a lot of people who "live after the manner of happiness."

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