This is the time of year when people spend their days relaxing on the beach or beside the pool, and nothing pairs better with the hot sun than cold ice cream.
But there’s bad news for people who like to treat themselves to a cone or a cup of soft serve: prices for vanilla are expected to skyrocket worldwide, and the cost of your favorite treat will go up with them.
Bakers and fans of sweet treats might also notice their wallet getting lighter, and it could take years for prices to bottom out again.
This may be surprising, but vanilla – the plainest of the food flavors – is one of the rarest and most expensive spices on the planet.
Vanilla is just a pain to grow. The flavor comes from pods that grow in vanilla orchids, which only bloom once per year. Hand-pollinating the flowers and drying out the pods means it takes as long as 4 years to grow a batch.
So when Madagascar, which produces 80 of the world’s vanilla, was hit by Cyclone Enawo last month, vanilla prices started rising steeply.
Avocado hand is a real thing and it’s being called a middle class menace.
According to the secretary of The Times, knife injuries related to cutting avocados has grown at such a significant rate that The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is actually calling for safety labels on the fruit.
Apparently, the phenomenon is not isolated to the U.K. either. In an intereview with Jezebel regarding ‘avocado hand,’ Dr. Nader Paksima, explains that it’s a classic injury that typically spikes around the celebrations of Cinco de Mayo.
Paksima, an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone’s Hand Center, explains that it’s a seasonal injury that happens when people aren’t paying attention. The doctor explains that “avocado hand” is a seasonal occurance: “All the sudden, it’s Cinco de Mayo, people are making a bunch of guacamole, and then you’ll see a couple.”
While some injuries are less severe than others, some serious injuries can result in nerve laceration and outpatient surgery.
As a result of this seasonal phenomenon, some doctors are advocating for warning lables on avocados. “We don’t want to put people off the fruit, but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this,” British plastic surgeon Simon Eccles told The Times.
In light of the growing wave of avocado injuries, please take a moment to review the proper way to cut an avocado – without lacerating a nerve or chopping a tendon:
If you have a vacation scheduled in the next few weeks, you might want to consider changing your plans. It seems like every day there’s a new story about passengers who had some bad experiences flying the unfriendly skies.
A man identified as Kima Hamilton, 39, from Milwaukee was kicked off a Delta airlines flight. The incident took place earlier this month, but video of his confrontation with airlines staff has only attracted attention in the past few days.
Hamilton was one of the passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Milwaukee that reportedly spent 2 hours on the tarmac waiting for takeoff.
While the plane was being taxied to the runway Hamilton realized he needed to use the washroom badly. When the flight crew announced his plane was third in line to takeoff, he decided to head to the washroom, but a flight attendant told him he couldn’t stand up until the plane was in the air.
Hamilton managed to wait another half hour before trying again, but when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. He made a quick run to the bathroom, but as he did the pilot announced that the plane would be returning to the gate so a passenger could be removed.
Click the next page to see the video of Hamilton’s removal!
When Hamilton came back to his seat, he found a flight attendant waiting to speak with him. The Delta employee told him he had to get off the plane, refusing to answer any of his questions and saying that he would only talk outside the plane.
In a video recorded by another passenger, Hamilton can be seen apologizing and asking why he has to be removed, saying he couldn’t help but go to the washroom.
“I’m not really clear on why I’m being asked to leave this plane,” he says, “I purchased this ticket, I had an emergency. I had to pee.” Other passengers can be heard agreeing with him, and asking the Delta employee why he had to leave.
It took several minutes and a second Delta employee to convince Hamilton to leave his seat. He told WISN that after leaving the plane, 2 FBI agents were waiting to speak with him.
But once he explained the situation, Hamilton says that even they seemed surprised he was kicked off the flight, telling him that “some of the language that was associated with my name wasn’t accurate.”
To get home to Milwaukee in time to supervise a class field trip, Hamilton had to spend 3 times his original ticket price on another flight (this time he flew Southwest).
Another passenger says Delta refunded part of the cost of Hamilton’s ticket, but they’re not apologizing for their flight crew.
“It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing,” they said in a statement. That may be true, but it still seems a little extreme to kick a passenger off their flight over a bathroom break!
Disturbing comments made by a woman at a Trader Joe’s in northern Virginia are making headlines around the world, and once you see this video you’ll understand why.
It was shared on Facebook by comedian Joe McLellan but recorded by his friend, a Muslim woman who wants to remain anonymous.
She was shopping at the grocery store, and let a woman who seemed to be in a hurry cut ahead of her in line. Instead of saying “thank you” and checking out, the woman started making hateful comments about other shoppers.
That’s when McLellan’s friend started recording:
According to McLellen’s Facebook post, the woman in the footage made hateful and racist comments about a Muslim woman wearing a niqab before the video started.
In the recording, the woman accuses McLellan’s friend of “playing dumb.” When she tells the woman she regrets letting her cut in line, she says “I wish they didn’t let you in the country.”
She also says that “Obama’s not in office anymore, we don’t have a Muslim in there anymore,” adding that “he may be in jail too.”
A friend of mine (who wishes to remain anonymous) just sent this to me. I’ve confirmed that it’s real. This happened today at the Trader Joe’s in Reston, VA. This woman was in a hurry so my friend (who is a Muslim woman) offered to let her go in front of her in line. That’s when she started talking bad about a different Muslim woman in the store (who was wearing niqab) and asking my friend why she didn’t cover as well. My friend replied it was a choice and the woman didn’t believe her and started talking about FGM and telling her “I wish they didn’t let you in the country.” That’s when my friend started filming.
Enjoy. Let’s make this lady famous.
(MEDIA: My friend has decided not to give any interviews. However, she says you may air the video as long as you give proper credit and ID her only as a friend of mine.)
It was the sort of shocking video that people share on social media without thinking: a young woman slumped in the front seat of her car after crashing into another parked vehicle. While stories and pictures about drug abuse make headlines, we often forget the people at the heart of the situations. For the young woman in that viral video, Katrina Henry, the embarrassing scene was the first step on her road to recovery.
Warning: some viewers may find this video disturbing.
In an interview with Fox 59, Henry revealed the long and twisted path that lead her to drug addiction. She was once a happy student and a cheerleader who loved to draw, but skeletons in her closet lead her to abuse pain pills.
After that, Henry’s self-destructive cycle got worse and worse, leading her into a cocaine addiction and the overdose that was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook.
“They took me to the hospital, handcuffed me to the bed. I died. I overdosed and died,” Henry said. But after a month in a recovery and therapy program, Henry is thankful for the video, because hitting “rock bottom” made her finally confront her demons.
After years of feeling like a “failure and a loser,” Henry is learning to enjoy life without drugs once again.
She’s sharing her own story as a reminder to everyone that even at your lowest point, you can turn your life around.
“I just had to have it taken away from me, or almost taken away from me, in order for me to feel like I am worth something. That maybe I am here for a reason.”
Share this woman’s incredible story if you believe in second chances!
Are you struggling to explain why your family seems to eat through more bags of chips, candy bars and juice cartons than they did a few years ago? Science has an answer, but it might upset you.
Researchers at the UK’s Office for National Statistics have crunched the numbers on the sizes and prices of groceries, including necessities like toilet paper and snack foods like chips and candies. They found that while the sizes of these items are shrinking, the prices aren’t dropping.
Experts call this trend “shrinkflation,” and it affects us just as badly as our neighbors across the pond. According to the ONS, 2,500 items have shrunk over the last 5 years, while only 600 have gotten bigger, so every family is bound to have one item in their cart that keeps getting smaller.
While companies blame these changes on rising prices for ingredients like sugar and cocoa, ingredient costs have actually gone down recently, according to the ONS, while families are still feeling the pinch.
In fact, according to consumer research company Which?, everyday items like coffee, orange juice and toilet paper have shrunk the most:
It’s not surprising that prices for expensive fair trade coffee are on the rise, with this one’s package shrinking by 12 while prices actually went up per 100g. Lots of other companies are following suit.
Value brand Andrex caused a stir in the UK when they cut down the number of sheets on each roll from 240 to 221 with no price drop, meaning every package is 8 lighter. Check your Charmin – it’s probably shrinking too.
Learn how much Doritos, Tropicana and other products have shrunk on the next page!
The chip brand shrank 10 from 200 grams in every bag to 180 grams, which is a big difference considering potato chip bags are already mostly full of air to begin with.
Tropicana’s premium juice line shrank by 5 ounces without discounting the price according to Which?, meaning you’ll wind up buying more juice overall. Even the regular packages have been slowly shrinking.
In one of the most famous cases of shrinkflation ever, Coke discontinued their 2 liter bottles and introduced the new 1.75 liter bottle. It was a 12 reduction that only got a 5 price drop, leading angry fans to start a petition asking Coke to switch it back.
While snack foods are hit the hardest by shrinkflation, Oreo cookies seem to have a particularly tough time. America’s favorite cookies have shrunk again and again over the years, with a recent cut translating to 4 less Double Stuf Oreos in each package.
Mondelez International caused a stir last year when they hit the iconic triangular Toblerone bar with a shrink ray, reducing each bar by more than 10 from 170 grams to 150 to stay competitive in discount shops.
But they’re not the only candy makers downsizing their products: bags of candy (like Reese’s Pieces and their incredible empty boxes) are shrunk pretty often. Over the years a bag of Maltesers has gotten 15 smaller with no price change.
Have you noticed any products getting smaller? Share this post and tell us!
Funding for university or college can be extremely difficult to come by. Going through student loan centers, banks, and just saving up all take time and effort. Often times, students need a little extra help to make it through the year.
Sibongile Mani, an accounting student, normally received $108 from her university but something happened this year that changed her life.
She got $1,080,000 instead.
Mani, who studies at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa was shocked to find the staggering amount in her bank account, but she rolled with it. Over a course of 73 days, Mani lived her life like a queen. Friends noticed her basic hairstyle was replaced with $230 Peruvian weaves, her outfits all became designer, and the shopping didn’t stop.
Mani even began spending the fortune on her friends, buying them all expensive items, throwing them parties, and attending wild parties across the country. Suspicions began to grow when an ATM receipt was found and leaked online, showing her incredibly high balance.
But what finally tipped everyone off to Mani’s new, expensive lifestyle?
Eventually, Samkelo Mqhayi, deputy branch secretary of the South African Students Congress (SASCO), saw the receipt and put two and two together.
“She threw surprise birthday parties for her friends and showered them with expensive gifts and flew them to events where she bought the best seats,” Mqhayi said. “When the receipt was leaked showing a balance of R13.6-million ($1,050,000) in her account I called NSFAS and they checked their records and confirmed that the initial amount was R14-million ($1,080,000).”
Spending an average of $860 a day, Mani managed to use $65,000 of the money mistakenly given to her. Other students also took notice of Mani’s luxurious life.
“She went from a hard up, humdrum run-of-the-mill student to one who was leading a lavish lifestyle and seemed to have no bottom to her purse and lived the high life,” one said. “She became very glamorous in beautiful dresses with all the accessories and we thought she must have won the Lottery. She must have thought she had won it too when she got that cash!”.
As for SASCO, they seem to be blaming Mani for spending the money.
“We are shocked. Not so long ago we were protesting for thousands of students who were left without funding due to fund shortages,” branch chairman Zolile Zamisa. “Yet she was living a lavish lifestyle hosting birthday parties for her friends at up-market champagne clubs and other expensive hangouts. This cannot be allowed to happen again”.
It should be noted that the university confirmed that despite the accidental deposit, no students lost out on funding because of this error. One student just got way more than she was expecting.
Mani doesn’t believe she’s at fault here, though.
#NSFAS it wasn’t a mistake. How do you mistake R1400 for R14 million?
She even recounts her own version of what happened, saying she informed officials of what happened and was told to keep quiet.
“[I think] i should tell my own story. I received my stipend on Thursday [and] did not pay much attention to it until the weekend that’s when i noticed the large figure. On that Sunday I received a call from faculty at WSU [and] was told to meet them at Vincent Park Monday morning. I can’t name the faculty members I met with as I’ve been told to keep those details until I’m official probed [sic]. When we met that Monday i was informed to hold onto the money [and] not tell anyone as i would be in trouble too. I was told they had a friend in financial aid they were working with. I went back and called my friend and told her [what] happened. Two days later i was told to keep the money [but] not make it show that I have it. Whatever I spend would be mine the remainder be withdrawn end of year when uni closes and put into another account and moved. That was when the spending began.”
Despite Mani claiming it was all the student loan center’s fault, she is being told to repay the money and is now a criminal suspect.
Intellimali chief executive Michael Ansell said: “Legal action will be taken against the student. A forensic investigator had been appointed.”
#NSFAS as of yesterday I was told I’ll b facing legal action. Two of the 9 girls have since blocked me on WhatsApp. Asanda & Noxolo
Going on a tour of the Austrian Alps sounds like a dream for a lot of people. For one group of tourists, it turned out to be their worst nightmare. A tour bus full of passengers avoided near catastrophe while travelling through the scenic mountains, all thanks to one passenger.
The bus held 21 tourists as well as a driver, when one of the tourists noticed something was wrong. A 65-year-old man from France was sitting right near the driver when he realized that he didn’t look like he was doing well. The bus was heading down the road that surrounded the steep 330-foot drop, when the 76-year-old driver collapsed.
Luckily, the quick-thinking passenger managed to step in at the last second…
As the bus was heading towards the cliff, the tourist rushed forward and was able to pull the emergency brake, stopping the bus “at the last second” according to the news agency.
“We were a hair’s breadth from catastrophe,” the police spokesman said, saying that it was “incredible luck” that the tourist was able to stop the bus in time.
Thanks to his quick thinking, the bus was able to come to a stop after it hit a tree. It ended up with the trunk jammed into the front of the bus, but at least it didn’t fall over the edge. Nine people were brought to the hospital, but it could have been a lot worse.
This isn’t the first time that an incident like this has taken place on the Austrian Alps. Back in 2004, a coach bus went off the road, and ended up going over a 30m cliff. In that case, five tourists passed away from the crash. Hopefully bus companies can use situations like this to learn from and help prepare their passengers for events like this so they know how to use the emergency brake to prevent future disasters.
A British fisherman survived the kiss of death when a fish jumped down his throat and blocked his windpipe.
Sam Qulliam, 27, went into cardiac arrest in Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth, England, after a six inch Dover sole fish wriggled out of his hand and leaped into his mouth. He said he was trying to “kiss the fish” – a tradition inspired by Rex Hunt, an Australian TV fisherman, before throwing it back into sea.
“I squeezed it and like a bar of soap it jumped out of my hand and into my mouth. It got out of my hands and into my mouth and basically swam straight down my throat,” Quillam said.
“I ran round the pier like a headless chicken and then passed out. It was terrifying from what I remember.”
Quilliam’s friends immediately called 9-9-9 (the UK’s emergency telephone number) and performed CPR until help arrived.
Paramedics were able to yank the fish out with forceps in an ambulance, despite the barb and gills becoming stuck in his throat.
Steve Perry, who had been fishing with Quilliam for seven years, said it was a traumatic event.
“He was rigid, struggling to get breath, blood was coming from his mouth. I was very serious, nothing comical about it. We went from a great night catching fish from some friends to him on the floor.”
Paramedic Matt Harrison said it was crucial they were able to extract the fish out on their first attempt.
“It was clear that we needed to get the fish out or this patient was not going to survive the short journey to Royal Bournemouth Hospital,” he said.
“I was acutely aware that I only had one attempt at getting this right as if I lost grip or a piece broke off and it slid further out of sight then there was nothing more that we could have done to retrieve the obstruction.”
When asked if he would ever smooch a fish again, Quilliam said he wouldn’t rule it out in the future.
There’s no prize for guessing the most popular items on Walmart.com last year: water bottles, paper towels and toilet paper always claim the top spots.
But when you dig into the data to find each state‘s favorite item, things just get weird. Walmart revealed which item each state is obsessed with, and it’s raising a lot of questions about our neighbors.
See which item your state can’t get enough of:
Alabama – Crayons
School supplies was a running theme on the list, and snagged the top spot in three states.
Alaska – RV and Marine Antifreeze
So Alaskans love the great outdoors – go figure.
Arizona – L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls
We think Arizonans left their Christmas shopping a little late this year.
Arkansas – Chocolate
Chocolate is a big seller around Valentine’s Day, but in Arkansas the sweet tooth rules year-round.
California – Protein Powder
A must-have if you’re going to hit Muscle Beach.
Colorado – Peanut M&Ms
The country is obsessed with these sweet treats, but Colorado’s hooked on the peanut variety.
As the waters rise in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas, the flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey has devastated hundreds of homes and properties.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and, tragically, 10 people are confirmed dead from the disaster.
The devastation is indeed unprecedented, but that hasn’t deterred these American cowboys from doing what they do best.
These true blue heroes know no other way to live life. As they waded into the rising waters to save other people’s abandoned livestock, the older cowboy admits an honest truth we should all live by…
Father and son cowboys are heroes in the eyes of these abandoned farm animals. The true heroism and selflessness of these two men have saved the lives of people, horses and livestock in Texas.
Chance and Rowdy Ward hopped on their own horses and began riding out to the surrounding farms to help as many living things escape the rising waters as they could.
Chance shared videos of some of their harrowing rescue efforts on Facebook to spread awareness of the truly devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.
In one viral video, Rowdy ropes a feisty stud colt who had been trapped in his pen. As Rowdy does his best to keep his own horse calm, he muscles open the gate to the pen and guides the trapped stud to freedom.
“This is what we do,” Chance says in the video. “We help livestock. We try to help people.”
According to his caption, all of the animals were saved that day!
The local heroes have been receiving praise for their efforts and support for the abandoned animals.
“I am in AWE OF YOUR ABILITY AND COMPASSION IN SAVING THESE HORSES !!!” Wrote one grateful fan, Kevin Maloney. “Please keep taking and sharing your wonderful exploits so that the rest of us horsemen can watch you …and hopefully learn.”
People have always felt squeamish about the standards for beauty that are presented in things like fashion magazines and ads, and the 21st Century has only added to that thanks to the rise of digital photography and photo editing.
Over the past few years, the appearance of Photoshopped images of models has become increasingly common in the fashion industry, to the point where it’s almost expected. However, that’s not to say that the public is exactly happy about it; there have been several prolific cases of activists, the models themselves, and even celebrities expressing outrage and disgust at the practice.
It’s easy to understand what people see as the issue here; the fashion industry has long been under fire for presenting an increasingly self-conscious world with an “unrealistic” standard of beauty. This of course only gets more contentious with the practice of photoshopping models, as these images are now setting a beauty standard that is quite literally impossible for many, including the models, to achieve.
On the other hand, some people have argued that these publications are under no obligation to cater to everybody, and that people should be able to understand that an image in a magazine isn’t meant to be representative of real-life expectations.
Well, apparently France feels that photoshopping is an issue, as they’ve just introduced a law requiring all publications to be more diligent in highlighting when a picture has been edited.
The details about the new law are interesting, and we’re curious what you think about it…
As of October 1, just in time for the world-famous Paris Fashion Week, all commercial images in France that feature digitally retouched models must all have the inscription “photographie retouchée”, or “retouched photograph”. Failure to do so carries a steep fine of 37,500 Euros, roughly $44,000 US.
This is thanks to the new law that’s being referred to as the “photoshop decree,” which was part of a larger public health law, which was created for the “prevention and early diagnosis of eating disorders.” Article 19, the “decree” section of the law, explains that “all commercial images that have been digitally retouched to make models look slimmer, or larger, must be accompanied by the label: ‘retouched photograph.'”
This new law was promoted by former health minister Marisol Touraine, and signed by former president François Hollande in January 2016. The idea behind it is to apparently tackle eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia as matters of public health.
What do you think? Some are applauding the law as being a good step towards treating eating disorders with the seriousness and attention that they deserve, while others have already argued that it’s up to an individual person to be more media savvy and to understand that they shouldn’t be comparing themselves to models.
Share your opinions with us in the Facebook comments.
People around the world are paying tribute to a town of just 6,000 people from Saskatchewan, Canada in the wake of a deadly bus crash.
Even if you’re not from Canada, by now you’ve probably heard of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of several players on the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.
It’s a small-town tragedy that has attracted attention across the planet – mainly because hockey-lovers everywhere have had their hearts broken by the news.
As tributes pour in for the young players who lost their lives, a song inspired by the accident is getting the most attention.
The Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team – 29 people in all including coaches, athletic trainers and stat keepers – were riding their bus through rural Saskatchewan on their way to a hockey game last week.
At a quiet intersection outside of the tiny town of Tisdale, the bus struck a tractor-trailer and both vehicles were destroyed.
While the driver of the tractor-trailer survived the accident, 16 of the people onboard the bus were killed, including all of the team’s coaches.
The other 13 people were injured, and this week a dozen of the survivors are still in hospital, with three of them in critical condition.
Canadian officials are still investigating the accident, and no charges have been laid.
But at the intersection, the bus would have had right of way while the truck was behind a stop sign.
The same intersection was the site of another deadly accident 21 years ago, which left six people dead.
Investigators say that the truck driver involved in the crash was a rookie, who had completed his 15-day training just two weeks before the accident.
His trucking company, Adesh Deol, has had its license suspended as the investigation continues.
But as investigators continue to look for clues, tributes for the hockey team have poured in from around the world.
Since the accident last week, condolences and tributes to the Humboldt Broncos have come from countries around the world.
Flags were lowered, townspeople wore the team’s jerseys out of respect, and flowers were donated in the team’s colors – green, white and yellow – from around the world.
A local florist told Global News she had received orders from the United States, and even as far away as Australia.
“It’s people with heavy hearts, just wanting to do something, anything for the families, for the community,” she explained.
People across Canada have also been leaving hockey sticks on their porch at night, as a silent but visible tribute to the late hockey players.
Flowers were even left on the players’s cars at the town’s Elgar Petersen Arena, where they had departed from on their fatal trip.
At NHL hockey games following the accident, players from opposing stood together for a moment of silence to honor the Broncos.
Even world leaders have paid tribute to the team in the wake of the disaster.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, attended a memorial service for the accident victims last weekend.
Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump also shared their condolences on Twitter.
One of the more uplifting stories to come from the tragedy is the late Logan Boulet’s.
The 21-year-old player was an organ donor, and his death has caused an incredible spike in organ donor registration across Canada.
Boulet’s father told CTV Newsthat his son’s decision was inspired by one of his coaches, and that the young hockey player was “a giver, not a taker.”
It’s heartwarming that even such a dark cloud includes a silver lining like this.
And the accident also inspired a Canadian musician to write a song that’s going viral this week.
Jay Smith from Kingston, Ontario felt a strong connection to the Humboldt Broncos crash for a number of reasons.
He told the CBC that as “a Canadian, as a father, as a person who grew up around hockey,” he felt haunted by the deadly accident.
While thousands of Canadians and hockey fans around the world have honored the Broncos in their own way, Smith’s tribute was unique.
This is the first I’ve been able to get anything out of myself about what happened. My heart goes to every single person involved in this awful accident. I love you all. Just recorded this everyone in the house is sleeping so I tried to be quiet but I had to sit and write this and get it out of my heart. Love Smitty. #humboldtyourloved
If you feel like you had a crummy year in 2017, you’re not alone.
Across the country, Americans were feeling more stress, less fulfillment, and were worrying about their future, according to a new poll.
Every year since 2008, research company Gallup and wellness website Sharecare have taken the country’s pulse and asked Americans how they’re feeling.
The latest poll of more than 160,000 Americans saw a historic drop in the country’s mood, with 21 states doing noticeably worse while none improved.
For comparison, just 15 states were feeling worse in 2009, after the housing market crashed.
The study tracks five markers of health and happiness: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical Health.
Nationwide, America’s emotional health, mental health, and psychological well-being took a hit last year, and a worrying number of people reported feeling less interested in the things they do.
Thankfully, the news wasn’t all bad. In fact the top spots on the poll’s list of happiest states reveal something surprising: you don’t need to live in Hawaii or California to enjoy life (but it helps).
You may be surprised to learn that South Dakota and Vermont tied for the top spot on the “2017 State Well-Being Rankings.”
While South Dakota ranked the best in the country for the finance and community categories, Vermont scored the best for community and physical health.
The researchers say residents in these states are healthy, eat well, live in good communities and are able to stay on top of their bills.
While sought-after destinations like Hawaii and Colorado also made the top 10 (Hawaii has made the top 10 every year since the poll began), the results prove happiness is everywhere.
Well, maybe not in West Virginia.
That state ranked dead last in this year’s poll, which isn’t surprising. West Virginia’s obesity epidemic, high rate of diabetes, and mental health crisis have earned it the bottom spot on the list every year since 2009.
Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana rounded out the list’s bottom five spots.
But let’s not focus on the gloomy facts. A record 56 of Americans also reported they were “thriving” on this year’s survey.