The Top 10 Happiest (And Saddest) States In America

It's difficult to figure out what it is, exactly, that defines our happiness. Is it our careers? Our relationships? How hungry we are? Well, one thing's for sure: We tend to blame our level of happiness, quite often, on our location.

"Ugh, it's so gray here."

"How is it snowing, again?"

"I got shoved on the subway today."

I'm sure, at this point, you can guess where I live.

Anyway, a new study from Gallup-Healthways tried to determine the happiest and healthiest states in the country by analyzing over 176,000 interviews with people across the country during 2014. Interviewees were asked questions that assess their feelings about five different aspects of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. These questions measure specific things such how safe people feel where they live or how motivated they are to follow their dreams.

Apparently, Alaskans are killing it (as they have for the past four years), while West Virginians are down in the dumps.

Here are the top 10:

1. Alaska

2. Hawaii

3. South Dakota

4. Wyoming

5. Montana

6. Colorado

7. Nebraska

8. Utah

9. New Mexico

10. Texas

And here are the bottom 10:

41. Missouri

42. Michigan

43. Arkansas

44. Tennessee

45. Alabama

46. Mississippi

47. Ohio

48. Indiana

49. Kentucky

50. West Virginia

Where did your state end up? Defend (or betray) away!

(h/t Refinery29)

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