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20 Happiest State In The United States
The 20 Happiest States in the U.S.
by Jordi Lippe-McGrawSeptember 12, 2016
There’s an ongoing debate about which U.S. city is friendliest: Savannah? Charleston? The saga continues. But what about the happiest states in America? The experts over at personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key metrics of happiness, including emotional health, income level, social connectivity, and sports participation rates. Here’s what they found in terms of overall rank:
3. North Dakota
9. South Dakota
11. New Hampshire
18. District of Columbia
20. New Jersey
Many won't be surprised to find that the Beehive State topped the list given its bounty of outdoor activities, beautiful scenery, national parks, and sense of tight-knit community. But it was actually a variety of other factors that helped Utah come in at number one this time—and no, none of it had to do with income.
Instead, chalk it up to a rather unique combo: the lowest incidence of heart attacks, highest volunteerism rate, lowest divorce rate, and lowest number of work hours come together to spell bliss. “Money is not a central factor in understanding happiness,” Manfred H.M. van Dulmen, Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University said as part of the study. “High quality and close social relationships seem to play a major and key role in understanding why some people are happy while others are not.”
But does money really not buy happiness? Well, according to research, life satisfaction does increase as income rises, but only to a maximum of $75,000 a year. From that point on it has more to do with one’s physical health and personal purpose, among other factors. All the more reason for those annual Tuscan retreats with wine, pasta, and yoga, right?
JD is a 15 year resident of the MS Gulf Coast. Originally from Bastrop, Louisiana, JD attended college at the University of Louisiana Monroe and Louisiana Tech University, receiving bachelor’s and m....
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