People living in the Midwest
and Great Plains region are a bit happier than their counterparts in the South
according to the results from the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
The annual report surveys
1,000 people each day, asking them questions about work environment, physical
health, emotional health and access to things like healthcare and food.
Companies took a look at the happiest states, reporting
that Hawaii landed the No. 1 spot. Also in the top 10 were Colorado,
Minnesota, Utah, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa.
Southern states including
Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky and two
Midwestern states, Ohio and Indiana, made the list of least happy
states. West Virginia, however, was named the least
happiest state, ranking 50th in almost every category measured.