Michigan is a gorgeous state, filled with spectacular views, amazing history, and countless recreational opportunities. So why aren't we happier?

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WalletHub's latest "Happiest States in America" report reveals what many have suspected all along. Michigan isn't the happy place we want it to be.

What Makes Michigan a Depressing State

Source: WalletHub

I like to think of Michigan as a pretty upbeat place. Certainly being the home of automotive innovation has its inherent stresses, but nothing that can't be overcome with a boat, a round of golf, a side-by-side trail ride, or a hike in the Mitten.

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When I first saw where Michigan landed on the WalletHub Happiest States in America ranking, I was perplexed. I didn't immediately grasp why Michigan residents wouldn't sing our state's praises to any pollster. Then 6 reasons immediately popped into my head, 6 undeniable reasons how Michigan can be a Debby Downer:

November, December, January, February, March, and April

What do I have against these months? Why have a forsaken half of Michigan's calendar year? How dare I insult ice-fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling season? Because on average you only get 9 to 11 days without cloud cover.

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Sunlight. Lack of sunlight can dramatically affect those living in the Mitten state according to Bright Healthy Therapy

  • Vitamin D deficiency: This is one of the most well-known consequences of not getting enough sun, and it's been linked to a greater likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke or developing deadly cancers. Additionally, vitamin D deficiencies can also cause weak bones, so it's important to get your daily dose!
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): If you live in a colder climate, you may be more likely to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months due to a lack of sunlight.

In addition, a lack of sunlight also impacts your circadian rhythm, which is a fancy way of saying it screws up your sleep and eating habits. Food and sleep are two of people's favorite things so no wonder we aren't closer to the top of the list.

Let's take a look at where Michigan fell in WalletHub's Happiest States in America ranking.

Is Your State Bummed Out? Ranking the Happiest States in America

How happy are you? Does your state share your mood? WalletHub crunched data from around the US to determine where Americans exhibit the best combination of these factors. They examined the 50 states across 30 key metrics, ranging from the depression rate and the share of adults feeling productive to income growth and the unemployment rate.
For a full breakdown of the methodology, scroll to the bottom of the gallery.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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