Pennsylvania – Especially after the recent Mega Millions drawing left millions of us disappointed, you might be wondering if money can truly buy happiness anyway. Well… to a certain extent, yes.
According to research from WalletHub, happiness comes from a combination of internal and external factors. We can influence it somewhat by approaching situations positively or choosing to spend time with people we love, doing activities we enjoy.
Studies show that happiness only increases with wealth up to an annual income of $75,000.
So although money can make life more comfortable, it’s certainly not what ends up making life worth living.
Listen to the report with WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales and ABC’s Daria Albinger.
But one thing that can have a big influence on how we feel about life is where we choose to live. Check out the full study from WalletHub about the happiest states in the US.
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. To determine where Americans exhibit the best combination of these factors, they examined the 50 states across 31 key metrics, ranging from depression rate to sports participation rate to income growth.
Pennsylvania fell in the middle of the chart for most of the categories.
In the overall score, the top five are Hawaii, Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, and California. Pennsylvania ranked at 30.