These 5 States Are the Happiest in the Whole Country
Your neighbors are friendly…but do you live in one of the country’s happiest states? Researchers from Gallup and Healthways looked at a variety of criteria (like having pride in your community and financial security) to measure overall sense of well-being and quality of life. Presenting the top five happiest states of 2017. BRB, moving.
The highest-ranked state in the whole country stems from a combination of super-awesome things: Hawaiians feel proud of their community, comfortable paying the bills and, overall, feel in good health. (We’re guessing all that fresh ocean air doesn’t hurt, either.)
OK, it’s not as warm as Hawaii, but Alaska’s high rating is due to its residents’ solid social ties—their lives are chock-full of supportive and loving relationships. Not a bad way to live.
This state scores in the top five for one major reason: The people who live there are psyched to call South Dakota home. In addition, residents feel a high level of safety and a low level of financial stress.
Maine ranks high as a direct result of its proximity to the great outdoors. Its residents report having a feeling of good health and a ton of energy to get through their day. It also showed impressive happiness growth. (The previous year it ranked #22.)
Like their neighbors to the north, Colorado residents reported feeling healthy and in shape. They also report a strong ability to stay motivated when it comes to achieving their goals and having a sense of purpose. (Also, look at that view.)