American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen) in concert at San Siro Stadium. The River Tour, Milan (Italy), 3rd July 2016 (Photo by Francesco CastaldoArchivio Francesco CastaldoMondadori via Getty Images)

There’s no question that times are tough here in America.  We are experiencing a 40-year-high inflation and while many feel the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the remnants of it still exist.
In fact, a recent American Psychiatric Association poll showed that 87% of Americans described themselves as either “anxious” or “very anxious” about inflation.

However, there are some places you can go where you might be happier, and according to the folks at the financial site WalletHub, the best place for that is Hawaii.
The 50th State topped the list of 2022’s Happiest States in America ranking based on 30 metrics like rates of depression and suicide, emotional and physical well-being, job satisfaction and job security. Data was culled from a collection of agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Maryland ranked second on the WalletHub ranking followed by Minnesota and Utah. New Jersey rounded out the top five.
According to WalletHub’s data, the least happiest state was West Virginia.

Let’s review the top five…

  • 5. New Jersey

    New jersey beach

    New Jersey Seashore Poster (Photo by �� Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

  • 4. Utah

    Utah ski slope

    UNITED STATES – 2013/01/01: Skiers on ski slopes at Alta Ski Resort near Salt Lake City in Utah, USA. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • 3. Minnesota

    Jazz's Patrick Beverley

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 12: Patrick Beverley #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates after a foul call against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter during a Play-In Tournament game at Target Center on April 12, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves won 109-104 to advance to the NBA Playoffs. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

  • 2. Maryland

    Maryland crabs

    UNITED STATES – JUNE 30: Outdoors: Scenic view of Chesapeake Bay during crab harvest, Chesapeake Bay, MD 6/30/1975 (Photo by Stephen Green-Armytage/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (SetNumber: X19671 TK1 R26 F14)

  • 1. Hawaii

    Jack Lord

    HONOLULU – SEPTEMBER 26: HAWAII FIVE-O. Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett in “Full Fathom Five”. Original air date September 26, 1968. Season 1, Episode 1. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)