There’s new news about how happy we are, state-wise, in an update of a  poll ultimately funded by the insurance industry. has a rundown here, reporting that Utah and Hawaii have the happiest people, overall, while Kentucky and West Virginia are at the bottom.

What makes me suspicious about this poll (and others of its ilk) is that the “well-being index” runs from a high of 69.2 for Utah to a low of 61.2 for West Virginia.  An 8 percent difference sounds rather insignificant.  And how about a comparison to  other countries?  That approach would help put things in better perspective.