2 3 live&learn&rejoice: Back to cremation .... and happiness

March 7, 2011

Back to cremation .... and happiness

States with the highest cremation rate include Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Montana, and Oregon.  Does cremation correlate to happiness?  Sadly, not necessarily.....only in Hawaii do generally happy people happily choose cremation.  Does cremation correspond to unhappiness?  The unhappiest states include Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and those aren't high cremation states.  Arizona, though, is not such a happy state (and it is a high cremation state).  Hawaii is a really happy state - it's the only one that scores in the 70s in the happiness index.  (For all this, and more, data on happiness, see this Sunday's NY Times Week in Review article, at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/06/weekinreview/20110306-happiness.html?ref=weekinreview and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/weekinreview/06happy.html?_r=1).

So, cremation?  happiness?  

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