Ever wondered where or what “Happy Valley” really is?

Almost everyone with the least smidge of north-of-the-Rio-Grande Mormon exposure knows that, in a Mormon context, “Happy Valley” means… well, not everyone agrees. [1] It can be BYU, Provo, Utah County, Salt Lake Valley, the Wasatch Front, Utah, the whole Mormon Culture Region. It can be mocking, ironic, humorous, or straightforward and can be because people are “really, really friendly”; “the Mormon influence and sheltered lifestyle”; the “bland, cheery optimism in the face of reality”; “peace, joy, and tranquility”; the many Mormons; the “prevailing LDS positive thinking.” And so on. [2]
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