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This just in... Utah is the happiest state in the U.S. - ahead of Hawaii. Yet we also have one of the highest rates of anti-depressant use. Coincidence?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33830268/ns/health-mental_health/?GT1=43001

Happy states
Rentfrow and his colleagues came to their conclusions by analyzing data collected from more than 350,000 individuals who were interviewed between Jan. 2 and Dec. 30, 2008 as part of the Gallup Organization's Well-Being Index. The index includes six types of well-being: overall evaluation of their lives, emotional health, physical health,
healthybehaviors (such as whether a person smokes or exercises), and job satisfaction.

Here are the top 10 states and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points):

  • Utah: 69.2
  • Hawaii: 68.2
  • Wyoming: 68
  • Colorado: 67.3
  • Minnesota: 67.3
  • Maryland: 67.1
  • Washington: 67.1
  • Massachusetts: 67
  • California: 67
  • Arizona: 66.8