WYOMING – We all became more miserable last year. The wellbeing of the average American dropped more in 2017 than in any year since the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index began tracking it in 2008. Sure, it might not be an exact science, but it’s the best we’ve got.
The annual poll once again set out to measure “America’s Happiest (and Most Miserable) States.” Did you, personally, pull up the curve or drag it down with your 2017 attitude? Better still, how do you think Wyoming did compared to other states out there flaunting themselves on Facebook and pretending everything is hunky-dory?
Hand it to the Dakotas, they’re doing something right. SD came in at #1—as in the happiest, shiniest, frolickin’ state out there. Residents love what they do and develop strong social bonds.
North Dakota is close but the mining scene is slowing down there a bit and they do bear the brunt of seasonal lows and highs as far as weather (40 below in winter, triples in summer).
Vermont came in at No. 2 (totally believable especially in autumn). Hawaii (what’s not to like?) rounded out the Top 3 with a strong showing. It shouldn’t even be fair letting this state in the competition, really.
Surprise Top 10 finishes included Minnesota (where they too busy ice fishing and curling to notice how cold and dank it is there?), and Colorado (insert “high” reference here). Idaho, Montana, and Utah all showed up in the Top 10 as well proving the Great American West is the place to be if you are pursuing pure bliss.
Other surprises included Mississippi’s ability to stay out of the bottom spot. That state comes in dead last in nearly every poll ever conducted. They were 47th here. No, the most depressed people are from West Virginia. People there suffer with high poverty rates and hate what they do for a living. They are also in horrible physical condition.
As for Wyoming, well, we came in at a ‘meh’ 16th place. On the bright side, the Cowboy State is all about forging friendships. You have to in a state this big with so few people, right? Wyoming ranked #2 in residents with a strong social relationship.
Violent crime rate is fairly low in Wyoming, and we are in decent physical health.
Surveyors added: “Additionally, 70.9% of respondents claimed to be proud of their community, the fifth largest share. In addition to positive relationship with their community, Wyoming residents report a stronger sense of purpose and financial security than the residents of a majority of states.”