Illinois Was Just Named One of the Happiest States in America
I'm not trying to be a cynic, but I must admit that I was somewhat surprised by this. Illinois has just been named one of the happiest states in America. It's apparently all sunshine and roses in the Land of Lincoln - allegedly.
In defense of WalletHub, they include a lot of science and metrics in their rankings. The methodology behind which states are happy and which ones are not include emotional and physical well-being, work environments, community things and...well, lots of other happiness factors using numbers and stuff. See their helpful (and happy) map for yourself. You'll see Illinois at #8 making into the top 10 of flowers and lollipops.
How did Illinois end up in the top 10? The WalletHub metrics put them at #3 on the primary emotional and physical well-being category. The work environment and community environment not so much.
The one result that makes me question how much happiness is really being measured here is because New Jersey is ranked at #5 most happiest. Have you been to New Jersey lately (or ever)? No offense intended, Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.
The entire WalletHub ranking is worth a read to see if you agree with the happiness science used. Happiness is such a subjective thing anyway so don't get down in the dumps if your state didn't end up near the top.