Maybe it's because we know how to enjoy the simple things. Maybe it because we know not to sweat the small stuff. For whatever reason ... the people of Lake Charles have been ranked the eighth happiest in the United states.

Don Rivers

According to a paper by Harvard professor Edward Glaeser, Vancouver School of Economics professor Joshua Gottlieb and Harvard doctoral student Oren Ziv has ranked locations with the happiest people. Lake Charles made number 8 on the list. So the next time you run into a grumpy person ...you know they must not be from here! Six of the top ten cities with the most happy people were in Louisiana! Here are those six and how they ranked.

1. Lafayette, LA
2. Houma, LA A
3. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
4. Baton Rouge, LA
5. Alexandria, LA
8. Lake Charles, LA

[h/t WWL.com]