Girls鈥 night out, layered聽cookie cakes, completely crushing a great workout聽鈥斅爐here are plenty of things in life that make us happy. I mean, have you ever gone to a Beyonc茅-themed party and not had a great time? While the place where you live might not be the first thing you consider when thinking about how聽happy you are, a new report from Gallup and Healthways is shedding some serious light on which regions have the highest level of well-being. Scroll down to find out who comes on top!


To determine their聽2016 State Well-Being Rankings, Gallup and Healthways looked at five key elements of well-being:

Securing first place with an impressive 65.2, Hawaii blew the competition out of the water with the highest rating any state has scored in three years! The Aloha State聽can credit high marks in physical, financial, and community well-being for putting them on top. Alaska, South Dakota, Maine, and Colorado rounded out the top five.

Not all trends for 2016 were positive, though. The study found that some chronic conditions 鈥 like diabetes and depression 鈥 were at their highest point since 2008, and the number of Americans who report eating healthy daily was at a nine-year low.

The nation鈥檚 lowest-scoring state, West Virginia, clocked in at a measly 58.9, following the trend researchers found of聽states in the South and Midwest consistently lagging in key elements of happiness. West Virginia and Kentucky have passed the bottom slot back and forth for the past eight years.

But overall, 2016 was looking good! The nation鈥檚 average well-being score for last year聽was 62.1 鈥斅爃igher than the average in either 2014 or 2015. The 2016 results also showed historically low smoking rates, high physical exercise rates, and the highest scores recorded on health care access measures,聽including the greatest number of Americans covered by health insurance and visiting the dentist.

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