Don’t Worry, Be Happy! How Do We Feel in Washington?
Remember the catchy tune "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin or more recently, Pharrell's "Happy"? I probably just gave you an ear worm, and you may be humming either melody the rest of the day. Sorry!
But how happy are you with life?
A recent study found 50% said they are “very satisfied” with the way their personal life is going. Happiness is more than a feeling of joy or excitement. It depends on various aspects of life, from emotional well-being to job satisfaction.
How does Washington state rank in the survey of "happiness" ? The Evergreen State did not make the Happiness Top 20
|Happiest States in America|
|1. Utah||11. Delaware|
|2. Hawaii||12. Massachusetts|
|3. Maryland||13. North Dakota|
|4. Minnesota||14. Virginia|
|5. New Jersey||15. New Hampshire|
|6. Connecticut||16. New York|
|7. California||17. Illinois|
|8. Florida||18. South Dakota|
|9. Idaho||19. Wisconsin|
|10. Nebraska||20. South Carolina|
Personal finance website WalletHub released their survey findings of 30 leading indicators of a happy life. The criteria ranged from depression rates to income and employment figures.
Best State vs. Worst State Comparisons
- Hawaii has the lowest share of adult depression, at just over 11% while West Virginia experiences the rate of adult depression at 29 percent.
- New Jersey records the lowest rate of suicides at 7 per 100,000 residents, compared to Wyoming, where the rate is the highest at 32.
- Utah has the highest rate of volunteerism, over 40 percent, more than double than in Florida, the state with the least volunteerism at under 16%.
- Utah has the lowest rate of divorced and separated couples with 15.5%, compared to the highest rate in New Mexico's at 25.6 percent.
So how did Washington rank among the 50 states?
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Best States To Raise A Family
Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews