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These are the most (and least) happy states in America

Looks like the Aloha State has a new title. New research from WalletHub shows that Hawaii is the “happiest” state in America this year, with a score of 68.27.

The company took a look at all 50 states in terms of “Work Environment,” “Emotional & Physical Well-Being” and “Community & Environment.” It then looked at these in terms of 31 other factors before giving each state a score out of 100. WalletHub used information from the U.S. Census Bureau, among many other sources.

These are the Top 10 “happiest states” this year

These are the 10 at the top of the list with their overall scores:

1) Hawaii: 68.27

2) Utah: 67.84

3) Minnesota: 67.26

4) North Dakota: 65.62

5) California: 63.14

6) Idaho: 63.09

7) Maryland: 61.78

8) Iowa: 61.07

9) South Dakota: 60.80

10) Nebraska: 59.11

These are the 10 least happy states this year

These 10 were at the bottom of the list with their overall scores:

41) New Mexico: 43.35

42) Missouri: 42.76

43) Mississippi: 41.63

44) Kentucky: 39.42

45) Alabama: 39.35

46) Oklahoma: 38.89

47) Alaska: 38.21

48) Louisiana: 37.15

49) Arkansas: 36.61

50) West Virginia: 33.42

How the states compare to each other

The infographic approaches the subject from a variety of angles:

Here’s how to be happy in your career

Amanda Watson Joyce, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Murray State University, told WalletHub about this topic.

“There are a number of important components to job satisfaction. People who are happier overall tend to be happier in their jobs, for example. A number of components of the job itself matter as well: if employees feel respected by others, if they have a say in the day-to-day workings of the company, if they feel satisfied with the leadership of the company, if they believe that they have chances for upward mobility, and more, they are more likely to report being satisfied in their job,” she said. “Even things like humor matter. Recently, some colleagues and I (Cann, Watson, & Bridgewater, 2014) did research that showed that people are more satisfied with and committed to their work when they can use humor with their peers and when this humor is supported by their supervisors. In other words, people like their jobs more when they’re allowed to, and encouraged to, joke around with one another.”

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