The Gallup organization has produced a map indexing a sense of well-being all across the nation.
The map is a result of surveys asking people in all 435 congressional districts 40 questions "to determine people's physical and mental well-being."
In our slice of WNY, we fall right in the middle of the index. Now that doesn't tell us if we're mostly happy or mostly unhappy, just that relative to the rest of the United States, we're right in the middle 20 percent of well-being and life satisfaction.
It might be fair to say that the 26th District is a island of reasonable happiness surrounded by a sea of misery.