While there’s no secret formula for happiness, research suggests that certain factors can influence our overall well-being.
In fact, everything from the type of job you have to your relationships and your level of physical activity can influence your satisfaction in life. Studies have also found that our “everyday contentment” increases with our income – but this relationship plateaus after an annual salary of $75,000, although this threshold likely varies depending on where you live.
In a new study, personal finance website WalletHub examined the happiness level of all 50 states in the US using 28 key factors, drawn from relevant research. This includes metrics such as depression rate, sports participation rate, income growth, and more.
According to WalletHub, here are the 20 happiest states in America, ranked in increasing order of happiness.
You can read more about the study’s methodology on WalletHub.