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Study suggests you can worry, be happy

By Liz Cosgrove
Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:10:08 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2013 07:16:21 PM CDT

Can you live in a state where you feel high stress, and still be happy? A study suggests you can.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

Can you live in a state where you feel high stress, and still be happy? A study suggests you can.

"I'm very, very happy in this town," said Alicia Duran, who has lived in Idaho Falls for 18 years.

Duran enjoys all types of weather that passes through Idaho and the beautiful scenery, like the Greenbelt.

"It's a nice town, people are so nice," said Duran.

According to a new study, Wyoming and Idaho rank as the second and fifth highest states experiencing the most enjoyment.

The study was based on what feelings respondents were experiencing on the day the poll was taken.

And Ryan Widerberg certainly loves living in Idaho.

"There a really low crime rate, the pureness of it and the clean fresh air -- it's just a great place to raise a family," said Widerberg.

Although Wyoming and Idaho claim they are enjoying themselves, their stress levels do not relate.

The same study polled how stressed people were feeling. Idaho ranks as 14th state on the list. But Wyoming is the fifth least stressed.

This study was based on how stressed you're feeling on any given day. But how can Wyoming and Idaho be enjoying themselves but differ in stress levels?

John Landers, Clinical Psychologist at the Behavioral Health Center says it could be based on a number of things.

"Idaho might be cool with more stress and the people in Wyoming are not -- that's why they live there," said Landers.

There are roughly 576,000 people who live in Wyoming, as opposed to Idaho's 1.5 million.

Also it could just be our personalities.

"Everyone has a different personality. If you have a type a personality where you like to be engaged and be active more often. Even though you're in a high stress level, from an objective standpoint, you're still going to be happy, because that's what you want," said Landers.

Utah also ranked high among states that experience high stress and high enjoyment levels. 

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