People determine their own happiness. But how content we are with life is not only and always a matter of perspective. And it’s certainly not about beauty, power or wealth — at least, not beyond an annual income of $75,000. Where we choose to live can also influence our level of happiness.
Analysts for a WalletHub.com survey drew upon the findings of happiness research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life.
To determine where Americans exhibit the best combination of these factors, WalletHub.com examined the 50 states across 28 key metrics, ranging from depression rate to sports participation rate to income growth.
Here are the top 10 states for happiness as determined by emotional, physical, work and community environmental factors.