The Happiest People Live in Alaska

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Alaska Has the Happiest People

Anyone living in Anchorage, Alaska, already knows why we choose to live in the great state of Alaska; however, a recent survey confirmed what we already knew—we live in one of the best states in America. According to a story in the New York Post, the happiest people in America live in Hawaii and Alaska. The story begins with this statement: “If you want to improve your sense of well-being, leave the lower 48.” This is exciting but old news for the residents in Anchorage, Alaska. We have always known that Alaska is the best place to live, but it is nice to know the rest of the United States is catching up with us. 

The recent poll asked several questions in order to determine the top state. Hawaii was ranked number one with Alaska coming in a close second. Hawaii has ranked as the number one state in the poll five times since 2008. According to the survey, the bottom five ranking states were Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and West Virginia. One thing mentioned in the article that makes Alaska a great place to live is the outdoor recreational activities available amid breathtaking landscapes.

How do you determine where happy people live?

To determine where the happiest people in America live, the poll asked a series of questions in five key areas:

  • Purpose (i.e. Do you like what you do each day?)
  • Social (i.e. Do you have caring and loving relationships with others?)
  • Community (i.e. Do you like living in Anchorage, Alaska?)
  • Financial (i.e. Do you manage your finances in a way that reduces stress?)
  • Physical (i.e. How would you rate your current health and energy levels?)

Why do we love Anchorage, Alaska?

To be fair, we love all of Alaska, but our law firm just happens to be based in Anchorage. Christopher Canterbury attended Hamilton College in central New York where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English. He then attended Columbia University School of Law in New York City before returning to his favorite state.

Chris is passionate about practicing law; however, that is not his only passion. Chris wants to connect with and improve the Alaska community. To accomplish his goals, Chris served as a board member for FOCUS, Inc. to help children with special needs. Chris also volunteers for the Anchorage and Mat-Su Youth Court programs to be a positive role model for the youth in our community who made a bad choice and who need a little guidance to return to the right path. These programs utilize alternative forms of sentencing to help youth not make the same mistakes again. He also loves sports and spends his time volunteering for organizations such as the Mustang Hockey Association. Chris also coaches baseball for Knik Little League and hockey for the Mustang Hockey Association.

Chris and his wife enjoy spending time in the family’s log cabin home in Eagle River where they live with their children. Michaela Kelley Canterbury is also an accomplished attorney with an affinity for Alaska. She graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy before obtaining her Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University Law School in Washington.  Just as Chris, Michaela returned to her home state when she completed school.  She is now active in the community volunteering with several local organizations including the Anchorage Youth Court and the Chugiak High School mock trial program.

Do you need a personal injury attorney in Anchorage, Alaska?

If you have been injured and need an attorney who has exceptional skills, experience, resources, and is a hometown person who lives and raises a family in the same community as you, contact Kelley & Canterbury LLC. We offer free legal consultations so that you can get the answers to all of your questions before deciding how to proceed with your case.

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