A study by WalletHub has revealed that Hawaii is the Happiest State in America, with Utah, Minnesota, New Jersey, Maryland, California, North Dakota, Iowa, Idaho, and Connecticut also ranking high on the list.
The list was drawn up by looking at 32 factors. It also considered "emotional and physical well-being", giving this a weight of 50 points and "work environment" and "community and environment" both with 25 points.
Whilst Hawaii came out top, it was second place for emotional and physical well-being and third for community and environment. It ranked considerably less, in 16th place, for work environment.
WalletHub's Adam McCann shared: "In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it, causing sickness, limiting social interactions, and leading to widespread job losses. During these trials, which have had a strong negative impact on Americans' mental health, WalletHub searched for the states where people can stay positive despite the circumstances."
Dr. Chieh-Chen Bowen, Cleveland State University's psychology department, added: "Happiness is a feeling of joy, contentment, and overall positive emotions. Happiness is a universal goal. We all want to be happy and want such feelings to last."