Is Madison Happy?

WalletHub puts Madison 3rd on its happiness rankings


Tribune News Service

A picture of the Wisconsin state capitol at dusk

Maggie Bushaw, Staff Writer

According to WalletHub, a personal finance network, Madison is reported to be the third happiest city in America. This conclusion was made by a WalletHub study that ranked towns in America based on depression rate, income-growth rate, the community, and environment. If we were to take WalletHub’s advice, in order to become our happiest selves, moving to Plano, Texas and making more money would accomplish that. However, I do not think that it is that black and white.

WalletHub studies show that if people make $75,000 a year, they will be happier and won’t be as depressed or stressed out. While that seems plausible, I don’t think it works that way. I think it depends on who you spend your time with, and what you spend your time doing. Plus, we have Culver’s custard and cheese curds. How can we only be the 3rd happiest city?

There are various things people can do to become happier and make Madison the 1st happiest city in America. One thing is to exercise and eat healthy food. Both of these will make people feel physically better. Plus, exercising regularly has been proven to relieve stress. Another way to improve happiness is to sleep more, which may be harder for some people than others, but who doesn’t love sleeping? If I had to choose, I would sleep all day long.

Other options that can bring people happiness include reading, drawing, singing, and other personal hobbies. There are so many things people can do to become happier; It all depends on what you love to do. For me, that means going to school and writing.

WalletHub says that the community and the type of environment people live in also has an impact on people’s happiness which I agree with.