Tampa Bay area doesnt have to be so sad
St. Petersburg is the saddest city in America, with Tampa right behind at No. 4, according to a study by Men's Health magazine, which used such data as unemployment and suicide rates, antidepressant usage and numbers of people who admit depression.
St. Petersburg beat out even Detroit. Apparently even the residents of Detroit, a city that became the poster child for failure and decline after the collapse of its auto industry, are at least a little happier than the poor, despondent residents of sunny St. Pete.
It's hard to argue with the science behind studies in entertainment health magazines, so the solution is clear: The Tampa Bay area needs to cheer up. The rest of Florida could benefit from the same advice, as well. Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando also made it into the top 20 saddest cities.
The Men's Health article noted that city residents who live near gardens or parks are 25 percent less likely to be diagnosed with depression. The USF campus boasts its own botanical gardens and visiting Busch Gardens might also lift one's spirits. Over the past few months, three animal births occurred in the park - a Grevy's zebra, a cape buffalo and a sable antelope.
Another Men's Health article suggested exercise could help stave off depression. With Florida's adult obesity rate at 26.1 percent, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, exercise may not be such a bad idea. If Floridians felt more confident in their exercise routines, they may feel more confident visiting the state's world-famous beaches, which could further rouse their spirits.
Life in Tampa Bay is not so bad, though the area and the state have often been the butt of jokes. Recently, Conan O'Brien consoled Red Sox fans after the team lost a spot in the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Rays on his Twitter account, with the message: "Remember, Red Sox fans, they still have to live in Tampa."
A flurry of outraged tweets from Tampa residents caused O'Brien to issue a semi-apologetic tweet: "I want to apologize to all the people of Tampa for my last tweet. I'm sure Tampa is a fine place to live, if you're a mosquito."
Clearly, Tampa Bay area residents are sensitive about their reputation. Perhaps other cities and states could do more to help Florida feel better about itself. Compliment us on our beaches or amusement parks. Would that be so hard?
Maybe if Florida cities can build their self-esteem a little, they can join the pantheon of happy cities identified by Men's Health, such as Boston, Omaha, Neb., and Fargo, N.D.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
- USF named ‘Innovation and Economic Prosperity University’
- USF tells incoming freshmen ‘It’s On Us’
- Florida Center for Cybersecurity offers veterans ‘New Skills for a New...
- EDITORIAL: Supreme Court ruling didn’t end fight for LGBT rights
- Students display unity after Charleston attack
- Researchers rescue missing boater
- USF projects survive vetoes in final budget
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Millennials Help Boost the Popularity of ETFs
- How to Handle the Potential Pitfalls of Dating
- Smart Homes Save Time and Money
- Simple Steps to Safeguard Your Second Home
- Smart Ways to Save on Home Insurance
- Know Your Pipe Type And Catch Leaks Early
- Cancer Center Finds Smokeless Tobacco May Help You Quit
- Fighting Age-Related Muscle Loss
- A Quarter of Adults Dishonest With Dentists on How Often...
- Accidents Can Hurt More Than You Think
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Supermodel Jaslene Gonzalez to Speak at Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority 25th Anniversary Sisterhood Retreat
- LEMELSON-MIT ANNOUNCES NATIONAL COLLEGIATE STUDENT PRIZE COMPETITION WINNERS
- NEW WEBSITE FEATURES COLLEGE PROFESSORS EXCLUSIVELY AS ONLINE TUTORS
- Dickinson College and Jadu Reinvent Website and Portal with 'Single Experience Student Platform'
- UT Austin Tops All-America Student Analyst Competition 2014-15