POISED researcher Meg Warren shares insights in study of happiest states

September 30, 2021

Meg Warren

POISED researcher Meg Warren shares advice on how to achieve overall happiness and career contentment in the WalletHub study “2021’s Happiest States in America.”

The study explores which states will most promote happiness as people transition back to normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic. It ranks the happiest states and zeroes in on depression, sleep, sports participation, suicide rate, work hours, unemployment, income growth, volunteer rate, divorce rate, and safety.

WalletHub also interviews a panel of experts, including Warren, to better understand the key ingredients of a happy life.

“When we think of moment-to-moment happiness, we may focus on maximizing positive emotions like excitement and having pleasurable experiences,” she says. “But when we look at what creates a happy life in the long term, the research shows that key ingredients include physical health, liking the work you do/your job, economic security, and living in a positive environment.”

Meg Warren is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University. She is also co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing and a co-founder of POISED: Positive Organizational Inclusion Scholarship for Equity and Diversity.

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