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New survey shows happiest states

Where would you be happiest?  Would sunny Hawaii keep a smile on your face, or does the bustling pace of New York City keep you cheery?  Does the state you live in effect your overall well being?  Researchers think so.  A new survey shows the happiest states across the U.S.

About 350,000 people across the nation were asked about their emotional health.  Things like work environment, healthy behaviors, laugh frequency, and stress were talked about. 

With this information people were asked to rate their happiness based on a five year outlook.  Here are the top 15 happiest states according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index:

Hawaii
Florida
Tennessee
Arizona
Mississippi
Montana
South Carolina
Alabama
Maine
Alaska
North Carolina
Wyoming
Idaho
South Dakota
Texas

Here are the state’s with the lowest scores:

Rhode Island
Massachusetts
Ohio
Illinois
California
Indiana
Michigan
New Jersey
Connecticut
New York

According the results sunshine and surfing can increase your quality of life, along with the laid back attitude you can find Tennessee.  Folks in Connecticut and New York say the biggest problem in their state is the high cost of living.

Other tid-bits from the survey:
Delaware residents reported the worst work environments
Vermont is the healthiest state
Massachusetts has the best access to necessities

Money effects ranking
According to the survey money problems can effect where a state landed in the survey.   Some residents said they didn’t have access to good paying jobs or adequate health care.  Researchers say this will be a tough issue to change considering the recent economic problems many states are facing.  Layoffs are on the horizon for many states as they try to balance a short fall in funds.

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