Things have been stressful lately, so we got to wondering what the happiest city in North Carolina might be.
Finding things to be happy about may seem like a difficult task after two years of a pandemic, and increasing tension in Ukraine and other parts of the world.
But the folks at WalletHub.com put together a bunch of data to figure out the happiest city in North Carolina, and the rest of the country for that matter.
“Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being. However, money can only make you so happy – people who make $75,000 a year won’t get any higher satisfaction from more money. Consider also the fact that while the U.S. is one of the richest countries, it ranks only 14th on the World Happiness Report.”
So what about here in North Carolina? WalletHub ranked the top 182 metro cities in the country on things like Emotional & Physical Well Being, Income & Employment, and Community & Environment. There were a lot of data points in each of those categories as well. Many of them revolved around money, but does money really buy happiness?
“In general, research suggests that above a baseline level of income, there is a relatively small relationship between money and happiness,” said Alyssa Westring, Vincent de Paul Professor of Management at Depaul University. “Interestingly, researchers have begun to question whether it is not only how much money you have that matters, but how you spend it. When people spend money in ways that align with their personality and values, they tend to feel greater happiness than when there is a misalignment.”
Crunch all the numbers together, and here’s the happiest cities in North Carolina, followed by the happiest in the country: