Maryland’s not miserable!
We’re a happy bunch in Maryland, USA are we not? In fact, I miss many aspects of it whilst currently back in the UK – I do! There’s not too much to have a moan about is there? Or is everyone secretly down in the dumps and a bunch of Moody Margarets?
A group of researchers from the University of Vermont recently published a paper that ranks US states and cities by their happiness – that is by the happiness of their tweets, to be exact.
And researchers found that the tweeters of Maryland are amongst the ‘saddest’ five states, which also include Louisiana, Mississippi, Delaware and Georgia. This study of words used also correlated with more traditional wellbeing measures across the US. I can’t believe it!
In terms of cities, the chirpiest places by tweet were concentrated in California and Colorado.
But what is that makes Maryland tweeters sad? After all, we have the hottest governor…..
But, also we have mad taxes in Maryland (ahem, I’m looking at you Mr Governor…….) so maybe that’s why everyone is so glum.
Anyhow, let’s leave this with a good ole Americana quote…”Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
The British Countryside
Ah, breathe in the freshly cut grass and smell of cow pats! We’re in Britain in the countryside!
It’s been a whistle-stop tour of the UK on this return, and the main thing that has struck me is how truly lovely the British bloom and countryside is. I actually wish to be stuck behind a combine harvester on a windy country road so that I can take pictures of it all (although, journeys seem to take FOREVER here for shorter distances – another reason why I prefer driving in the USA!)
Anyhow, enjoy some of these British countryside gems, including a National Trust place called The Vyne – beautiful.
An American friend, who has a genuine love of British history, amused me by telling me that she really thought Stonehenge was a bit boring. I know where she’s coming from – it is just an open field with a circle of rocks. My friend said she wanted to pull her eyelashes out with boredom, which made me chuckle 😉 People still flock to it, however!
Zed or Zee?
Harry is now getting confused, having been back in the UK, about what he calls the last letter of the alphabet.
Zed or Zee?
As I reminded him, one isn’t right and one isn’t wrong – they’re just different. Just like us.
‘Cos we are, aren’t we? Similar, but different, that’s the UK and the USA:)