A recently survey says you're very likely to find a smiling face in our state.

One of my favorite things about our state is the people. I love that when you lock eyes with a stranger, you're likely to be met with a smile. Maybe not a big, teeth-revealing smile, but surely a mouth-closed smile that might reach their eyes. It's just how we do things around here.

And now there is proof of this on the Internet.

Recently a Big Seven Travel conducted a survey to determine the friendliest states across the nation. Louisiana was ranked at number 12 on the list, putting us well into the better half and just shy of reaching the top 10. The survey included more than 1.5 million people.

Our delicious food probably weighed heavily on the votes. After all, there's no better way to show someone kindness than by feeding them. Not to mention, our massive portions definitely contribute to open invitations.