2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Why isn’t Colorado as happy as it once was?

Published: February 26, 2014, 10:00 pm, by Dalton Walker

Hey Colorado, turn that frown upside down.

We’re still happy, but not as happy as we once were, according to rankings by Gallup and Healthways.

In 2013, Colorado was ranked seventh in a well-being index ranking, down five spots from 2012. In the latest ranking, the people of North Dakota are the happiest, followed by South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota, respectively.  Hey, don’t blame me. I moved here happy.

West Virginia is apparently a horrible place to live and it’s not getting better. It was ranked last in 2012 and again 2013.

The rankings criteria is a combination of health behaviors, work environment, financial security and social and community factors. Apparently freezing cold and deathly face-stinging wind wasn’t a factor for the Dakotas or Minnesota. I’ve lived in South Dakota, traveled through North Dakota often and was born in northern Minnesota. I wasn’t that happy up there from December through April. But hey, that’s just me.

I’m still happy now in Colorado, so hopefully I can help lift the ranking in the coming years.  Need help? Take a listen to a popular song out there by rapper Pharrell Williams called “Happy”. All together now, “clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth because I’m happy,”