ILLINOIS (WCIA) – Illinois may want to adopt Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as his new state song. The country of Lincoln was ranked 8th in a recent report on Happiest States in America for 2022.
Things are a little different on the other side of the Mississippi. Missouri ranks 41st at the bottom of the list. So it really can be in a state of misery.
Happiness is often characterized as an emotional state of well-being or a sense of joy experienced by a person. Some experts say it’s also a combination of how good people feel in everyday life and how satisfied they are with their lives/
Researchers with the Personal Finance website WalletHub believe that happiness stems from a combination of internal and external factors that can be influenced by who we spend time with, what activities we engage in, and our general attitudes.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major stressor for people, the American Psychiatric Association said 87% of Americans are now “anxious” or “very concerned” about the economy and inflation.
WalletHub used this “happiness” research to determine which states have the best combination of factors for living a balanced and fulfilling life, comparing the 50 states on 30 key metrics ranging from work hours to divorce rates to getting enough sleep.
The happiest state in the country is Hawaii, followed by Maryland, Minnesota, Utah and New Jersey.
The least happy states are West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama.
A Interactive map shows where each state fell in the rankings.
https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/where-missouri-and-illinois-place-o-the-happiness-ranking/ Where Missouri and Illinois land on the “lucky” ranking