Happy in Iowa

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A recent poll showed that Iowa is in the top 5 of the “happiest state to live in America in 2009”. This is based on Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The well-being score for each state is an average of 6 subcategories, including life evaluation; emotional health; work environment; physical health; healthy behavior; basic access( access to healthcare, a doctor,a safe place to exercise and walk, as well as community satisfaction).

The top 5 states and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points):
1. Hawaii………70.2
2. Utah…………68.3
3. Montana……68.3
4. Minnesota….67.8
5. Iowa………..67.6

It is understandable that people will be happy in Hawaii with all the beautiful beaches and the warm weather. But Montana? Minnesota? Iowa? Who did they interviewed, the snowmen?! I guess it is hard to complain if your teeth are chattering from the cold, and that can also be mistaken as if you’re grinning. O well, I’ll just shut up, bundle up and continue shoveling snow. And be happy.

(Post Note)

Today marks my 1 month of blogging. Sa lahat ng nagtiyaga at naawang bumasa, maraming salamat po.


  1. Congrats on one month of blogging! I just finished up a year and it’s not easy to keep up with it. I enjoy reading your posts (when in English, I’m afraid.). Salamat!

  2. I enjoy going through your blog, Doc, especially the “Son eats Dad, Checkmate” wherein I commented (no offense made”.) I haven’t been to Iowa – the Corn State, right?!? I used to know (a shipmate) from a small town called “COIN” and she once tolm me that it’s just at the outskirts of Des Moines. I also remember (when she got out off the Navy) that she works in one of the Hospitals in Des Moines. Her name is Shirley Hart (maiden) but she might have gotten married (this was 23 years ago … LOL (Is there anyway to locate her still?!?)

    I retired in 2006 (USN) and now residing in Virginia Beach. It’s nice to meet people, kababayan, kapamilya and kapwa Pilipino, in the internet and, while we are here in the States, you are welcome in my home should you ever to pass this way.

    Good luck and more power to you , Doc.

    BTW, My regrets and sympathy that the child will not know and feel a true Mother’s love.

  3. Thanks for your kind words Steve. Now I know somebody in Virginia Beach. Are you near a beach? As you have read in my recent blog, I’m really missing the ocean.

  4. I’m not really (very) close to the beach it’s just a 15-20 mintues ride depending on the traffic. VaBch has become congested and traffic is awful (sometimes) especially going through the tunnels.
    But I say again, should you ever pass this way, just e-mail me in advance and you are surely welcome in my place. I-hahanda ko na rin yung “meeeee” – kaldereta, lilawen, and pinapaitan.

    May the blessings of Heaven rest upon us all….

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