February 23, 2014

Do You Live In A Happy Place?

We are strong supporters of doing what makes you happy. It’s important to have a job you look forward to, a lifestyle you enjoy, and a home that makes you smile. Being happy is quite possibly the most important thing in life. Are you in a happy place?

Different things make different people happy. Some people love being surrounded by mountains. Others enjoy the beach. Many thrive in a big city. Some like the countryside. Others choose the suburbs. Some people thrive on working. The coolest thing about happiness is that it’s unique to you.

Where you live and what makes you happy is a decision that you have total control over. It’s up to you to choose a job, lifestyle, and location that makes you smile.

There is a very cool new Gallup poll that ranks the happiest places in the US. Without looking, can you guess which state grabbed the top spot? It might surprise you. They polled and interviewed 178,000 American adults from all 50 states during 2013. Then they ranked the happiness or well being of each states based on 6 criteria:

  • Life Evaluation
  • Emotional Health
  • Work Environment
  • Physical Health
  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Access To Basic Necessities

How do you think your state stacks up? Here are the Top 10 Happiest States:

  1. North Dakota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Nebraska
  4. Minnesota
  5. Montana
  6. Vermont
  7. Colorado
  8. Hawaii
  9. Washington
  10. Iowa

This year, North Dakota edged out Hawaii for the top spot. North Dakota is certainly booming right now. It jumped from the 19th spot last year to 1st spot this year. All those oil industry jobs must be treating people very well!

Where does your state fall on the list? You can view the rankings of every state on Business Insider. If you are wondering – Louisiana came in last. If you’re searching for a new job, maybe it’s time to relocate. Relocating is a viable option that can be a total game changer in your happiness. If you’re ready to find your happy place, maybe it’s time to start your job search?

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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