Posted at February 22, 2014

North Dakota Happiest State in the Union!

20130629_101350People tend to look at me sideways when I tell them that I LOVE living in North Dakota! I guess I’m not alone when I say that I like it here because the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index just named North Dakota the happiest state in America! They surveyed 178,000 people in each state. The states were measured on six sub-indexes, including individual life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.

North Dakotans had the highest scores for work environment and physical health! I guess the Midwest has something to offer because the top five states that ranked on the well-being list are North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Montana.

I get a lot of comments like “what about the winters? I just can’t handle the cold”.  Yeah, you do have to layer up a bit more. But there is something adventurous and exciting when it’s -34 degrees with a wind chill of -60. These temperatures are staggering… most people cannot wrap their head around how cold that is. It’s helpful to know that it’s not like this everyday, but it is the only place I’ve ever lived where the temperature can change 50 degrees overnight!

I love how hardy North Dakotans are, it snowed less than an inch in Louisiana and the whole state was in an uproar with flights being canceled and the whole nine yards. In North Dakota, unless it’s below -25 degrees, people seem to go on with life as usual. To me, cold and winter don’t even compare to all of the upsides you get from living here. There are great jobs, amazing people who have a good sense of hard work and family values, and not to mention, opportunities everywhere!

The energy in this state is incredible. You can feel it everywhere you go, in every small town. While the rest of the country is in a recession with businesses on main street closing down, the small towns of North Dakota are busy and bustling. I love how people start coming out of the wood work every time it gets even a little warmer outside.

I am proud to call North Dakota my home, and I hope that in some way I can give back to this wonderful place and to the people who help make our communities thrive, who are finding their new sense of adventure!

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