Wyoming is our happy place! And Gallup agrees.

We already knew Wyoming was OUR happy place, but it turns out the nation has taken note too. Researchers with the Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index polled more than 177,000 people in all 50 states about their levels of happiness, and Wyoming ranked the fifth-happiest state in the nation, according to the report released in late January. The data is based on 177,281 telephone interviews with U.S. adults across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, conducted from Jan. 2 to Dec. 30, 2015. Well-being in the U.S. exhibits regional patterns, with the northern plains and mountain west reporting higher levels of well-being, along with some western states and pockets in the northeast and Atlantic states, according to Gallup. Hawaii reclaimed its top position with the nation’s highest overall well-being, a title it has held five times since 2008. Alaska, with the top spot in 2014, is 2015’s second highest well-being state, with Montana, Colorado and Wyoming rounding out the top 5. [image: Inline image 2] *h/t Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index / Pitchengine Communities* *Feature photo h/t to Jess White at son Aidan’s 10th birthday celebration.