Study: Misery May Actually Love Company

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POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 8:02am

At some point, most of us have uttered the phrase, “misery loves company.” But, a new study says that may actually be the case.

Researchers who study how people's sense of well-being varies from place to place decided to compare their findings with suicide rates. They found that the happiest places sometimes also have the highest suicide rates.

One researcher said disoriented people in a happy place may feel particularly harshly treated by life.

The study ranked Utah as the number 1 state for residents' sense of well-being, but it also scored a number 9 in suicide rate. By contrast, New York State ranked 45th in well-being, but an even lower 50th in suicides.

The study will be published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

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