Feeling happy?  Well, it might be because Idaho was just ranked as the sixth happiest state in the country. That's sixth out of a possible fifty. And, as a decade resident of the state, I know there are plenty of reasons to be happy! From plenty of outdoor activities to the low-crime rate, there's plenty to smile about.


In the study, WalletHub compared all 50 states using three key dimensions: 1) Emotional and Physical Well-Being, 2) Work Environment and 3) Community and Environment.

They evaluated each dimension using 31 relevant metrics such as depression, sleep rate, sports participation, income growth, work hours, volunteer rate and safety. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing maximum happiness. And finally, a weighted average across all metrics was used to determine each state’s overall happiness score.

So smile Idaho, there's plenty to be happy about! And trust me, even on bad days we can always be happy we don't live in a place like Peoria Il!


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