Where you live can affect how happy you are.
And a recent study showed exactly that when he discovered that most people in West Virginia were not happy because of the rising rates of insomnia and depression.
A new revision, compiled by WalletHub, determined the Mountain StaI like you the worst when it comes to various environmental, social and personal wellness factors, including adequate sleep rate, percentage of adults with depression and unemployment.
West Virginia was followed by states that fell mainly in the southern United States: Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as Alaska in the northwest.
Hawaii, despite having the worst dream, took the highest grade as the happiest in the country.
Completing the first five were found mainly in Mesoamerica: Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota and California on the west coast.
CLASSIFIED: MOST HAPPY STATES IN AMERICA – FROM 1 TO 50
THE MOST HAPPY STATES …
4. North Dakota
9. South Dakota
… AND THE IMPATIENT STATES
1. West Virginia
10. New Mexico
To reach its conclusions, WalletHub compared states in three key dimensions: emotional and physical wellbeing, work environment and community environment.
The study analyzed several categories, including the appropriate sleep rate, the number of work hours, the divorce rate and the proportion of adults with depression.
After evaluating the provisions of each state, the researchers provided ratings of 100.
Hawaii scored 68.27 out of 100, while West Virginia scored just 33.42 out of 100.
While Hawaii and California are known for their extensive beaches and relaxed lifestyle, the other states in the top 5 have other rights to fame.
The state that came second, Utah, is known to be notoriously religious because of its high percentage of Mormons, while Minnesota and North Dakota are quite rural.
EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING
New York and New Jersey obtained first and second place for the lowest proportion of adult depression, and inversely for the lowest rate of suicides. Meanwhile, Oregon had the highest proportion of depression and Montana had the highest suicide rate
New York and New Jersey, none of which was in the top 10, ranked first and second as the states with the lowest proportion of adult depression.
The participation of the Big Apple in adult depression – 11.70 percent – was almost twice less than in Oregon, which had the highest at 25.54 percent.
New Jersey has the lowest suicide rate in seven per 100,000 residents, which was 3.7 times lower than Montana, which had the highest number at 26.
According to a 2011 study, conducted by the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, the "happiest" states also tend to have the highest suicide rates.
The researchers say that this link, which seems contradictory, says a lot about how humans depend on comparisons with others to determine their happiness.
"If humans are subject to mood swings, the lows of life may be more tolerable in an environment in which other humans are unhappy," said Professor Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick.
South Dakota was the first with the highest adequate sleep rate, while Hawaii, the generally happiest state, had the lowest adequate sleep rate
One of the biggest differences also occurred in the number of adults who slept enough each night.
Surprisingly, Hawaii was named as the state with the lowest adequate sleep rate. Less surprising is that West Virginia was the state with the second lowest rate.
The states of the mid-western region and the mountain were the most likely to get enough sleep each night, with South Dakota first.
It is well known that those who receive less than the eight hours of sleep recommended each night are more prone to health problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of American adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis.
And this lack of sleep can affect you in several ways, including lack of attention, impaired memory and mood regulation. Poor sleep has even been linked to heart and immune system problems.
It was discovered that Utah had fewer work hours while Alaska had the most. Meanwhile, North Dakota had 3.4 times the long-term unemployment rate than the state with the lowest rate, New Mexico
Many of the cities rated as the most unhappy were those with the most hours of work and the longest long-term unemployment rates.
Utah, which was ranked as the second happiest state in general, had the lowest number of work hours, while Alaska had the largest number.
Researchers have discovered that working long hours is related to a multitude of ailments that include heart disease, diabetes, stroke and mental health problems.
North Dakota was the first with the lowest long-term unemployment rate at 13.1 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in New Mexico, which has the highest at 44.9 percent.
According to an article published by the Harvard Business Review, high levels of unemployment "generally increase the sense of insecurity in the work of people and negatively affect the happiness even of those who still have employment."
Utah, the second happiest state in general, was the first with regards to the states with the highest volunteer rates and the lowest separation and divorce rates. Meanwhile, Florida had the lowest volunteer rate and Nevada had the highest divorce rate
The difference between the states with the highest and lowest volunteer rates and divorce rates was surprising.
With regard to volunteer rates, the highest rate was found in Utah at almost 40 percent, which is more than twice as high in Florida, where the rate was more than 18 percent.
According to an article published by Harvard Health, people who volunteer every week experience the so-called "happiness effect", levels that are compared with a salary increase.
The researchers also noted that volunteers often build social connections to help create a stronger community, leading to a positive environment.
It was also found that Utah had the lowest separation and divorce rate at 16.18 percent.
This is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, which was found to have the highest separation and divorce rate at 26.57 percent.
An August 2017 study found that married people are 14 percent more likely to survive a heart attack than single people.
And last year, a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that marriage could help reduce the risk of dementia.