A new British study confirms that living among happy people can drive people to suicide:
The research confirmed a little known and seemingly puzzling fact: many happy countries have unusually high rates of suicide. This observation has been made from time to time about individual nations, especially in the case of Denmark. This new research found that a range of nations — including: Canada, the United States, Iceland, Ireland and Switzerland, display relatively high happiness levels and yet also have high suicide rates....
Comparing U.S. states in this way produced the same result. States with people who are generally more satisfied with their lives tended to have higher suicide rates than those with lower average levels of life satisfaction. For example, the raw data showed that Utah is ranked first in life-satisfaction, but has the 9th highest suicide rate. Meanwhile, New York was ranked 45th in life satisfaction, yet had the lowest suicide rate in the country.
Perhaps living in New York, or in any big city, disabuses people of the notion that everyone else is living in paradise. All I have to do is walk around the block to see people with hard times etched on their faces. Or I can look out my window, across my building's courtyard, to see dirty dishes and unmade beds in other apartments.