Connecticut has a bit of a bad reputation. If you read this site with any regularity, you know that 8 out of every 10 Connecticut headlines are about something bad. A bad ranking. The bad taxes. The bad government. The bad people. Bad, bad, bad.
And with all of that bad stuff, it would be super easy to jump to the conclusion that people in Connecticut aren’t happy. After all, lots of them are trying to get the hell out of dodge.
Well, according to at least one pseudo-scientific website, that assumption would be more wrong than write. The CT Post reports that WalletHub ranks Connecticut as the 17th happiest state in the country, just ahead of the District of Columbia and just behind Massachusetts.
What also might surprise you is where we get out happiness from: Apparently, Connecticut is doing very well physically and emotionally (ranked 13th) and outpaces other states when it comes to community and environment (ranked 12th).
But the one thing that won’t surprise you is also the thing that takes us down from the low teens to the mid-to-high teens: Our work environment.
According to the WalletHub study, Connecticut ranks 39th when it comes to that category, and that comes as no surprise. Two of the biggest complaints in this state is that we work too hard for too little and that the government takes too big a chunk of what we earn.
But it wasn’t enough to knock us even into the bottom half of the United States. As it turns out, we’re much happier than we thought we were. Either that, or we’re just hoping that if we smile for long enough, our feelings will change to match our faces.