Arizona Among the "Happiest States" in Country, According to New Survey
Despite having the second-worst budget crisis in the country, blistering summer heat, and that whole (gulp!) Sheriff Arpaio problem in its most-populous county, Arizona is among the happiest states in the country, according to a recent survey.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index surveyed residents of each state, asking six different questions pertaining to "well-being" and found that Arizona is the 10th-"happiest" state in the country.
The questions included an overall evaluation of people's lives, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, and job satisfaction.
Arizona scored a 66.8 out of 100 in the survey and was just shy of overtaking the ninth-happiest state in the country, California. Weed's practically legal in California -- of course Cally's happier!
Heavily Mormon Utah (insert quip here) was found to be the "happiest" state, followed by Hawaii and Wyoming.
The survey found that the "unhappiest" states in the country are primarily in the South, with Mississippi and Kentucky coming in at 48th and 49th.
The most miserable state in all the union is... West Virginia.
Well, you know what they say about the "Mountain State"? What does a tornado have in common with a West Virginia divorce? In the end, someone always loses a trailer.
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