If you’re trying to find happiness and can’t find it where you’re living, say aloha to warmer days elsewhere.
Hawaii was found to be the happiest state in America, according to a new survey by personal finance website WalletHub.
The survey determined Hawaiians are the happiest by examining more than 30 metrics, ranging from depression rate to physical activity rates to income growth, before giving each state a total score. Researchers found Hawaii has the lowest share of adult depression while having the fifth lowest divorce rate in America.
If beaches and warmer weather isn’t for you, you can take in the mountains of Utah, or other states like Minnesota, California, and New Jersey, which all ranked as the next happiest states behind Hawaii.
While the definition of happiness varies from person to person, income is a big factor in order to lead a happy life.
“The relationship between money and happiness is interesting. If people do not have enough money and they are worried about meeting their basic needs (food, shelter, health of their children), then the lack of money will make them miserable,” said Daniel A. Sachau, Ph.D., a professor of Psychology at Minnesota State University. “For people in poverty, each additional dollar can translate into greater happiness. However, once people’s basic needs are met, then more money does not translate into greater happiness.
“Even at the level of extreme wealth, the richest citizens in the U.S. are only slightly happier than the middle class. Lottery winners are very happy after they win the lottery, but one year later, are about as happy as the typical citizen. So the absence of money can make you miserable but an excess of money will not make you happy.”
West Virginia was ranked the least happy state due to having some of the country’s worst adult depression cases and lowest adequate-sleep rate. Arkansas, Alaska, Mississippi, and Louisiana were also found the be some of America’s least happy states.
Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana were found to be some of the least safe states in the United States, according to the survey.
The happiest states in the U.S.
5. New Jersey
12. North Dakota
15. New York
22. New Hampshire
27. South Dakota
29. South Carolina
30. North Carolina
33. Rhode Island
40. New Mexico
50. West Virginia