Are You Happy In Texas? Study Ranks Texas 22nd Happiest State
We take a lot of pride in being from Texas but a recent study found that we might not be as HAPPY living here as we say we are.
A recent study by WalletHub, ranked states based on 31 metrics ranging from depression rate to sports participation rate to income growth to determine each state's "Happiness" level.
In this study, WalletHub drew upon the findings of “happiness” research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life. - WalletHub
So where did Texas fall? Right smack dab in the middle at 22. Couple of things to look at when you look at the numbers.
- Texas has one of the lowest shares of residents with adult depression. Texas actually ranked at #11 overall in "Emotional & Physical Well-Being".
- Texans work MORE hours than most states, only Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming residents work more hours than we do, which can lead to folks being less happy.
- Texas is one of the worst states in terms of safety, ranked near the bottom as the 47th safest state.
Basically, we should USE MORE vacation days, and figure out how to get crime down and we'll be back in the top 10 in no time! But what say you, are you happy living in Texas and if not what should we do to make things better?