"During the many transitions in life people encounter places that make them happy and sad. More than 1,000 graduates were asked what places they encountered in their lives were most depressing. They were then asked what the opposite of depressing was, and then, what place made them the most like this (usually happy). The Theoretical basis for the questions was the assumption that the most depressing place would be a place of least control while the happiest place would be an environment of maximum control Nursing homes, funeral homes, cemeteries and hospitals were places most named as most depressing but so were countries such as Mexico. Happy places were places like "my home," disneyland, family gatherings. There was a curious overlap with some people, i.e. the same places were both most depressing and happiest. Sex and age differences were not significant nor were differences between outdoor and indoor places. Adjectives most frequently mentioned for depressing places were dirty, sad, poor, lonely. Adjectives describing happy places were happy, peaceful, friends. Generally, the results support the theory of control and are consistent with other research."