Article Contributed by Amy Sargent

Based upon the following criteria, which state in the U.S. would you guess ranks the highest in terms of happiness?

Sense of purpose

Social relationships

Financial security

Sense of community

You may have well guessed it’s the Aloha state (read the entire article here).

Even if you don’t live in the land of palm trees, shimmering sands and oh-so-blue oceans (so few of us do!), what are some ways you could “up” your quality of life, right where you are? Take a moment to jot down a few ideas around ways you could increase your sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, and sense of community this month. Just one small step in a new direction can lead you toward that path of happiness — no matter which state you live in.