Hawaii Reclaims Top Spot in U.S. Well-Being
From Gallup-Healthways, January 27, 2016 (excerpt)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hawaii residents had the highest well-being of any state in the nation in 2015, reaching the top spot for the fifth time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008. Alaska, which was the top state for well-being in 2014, slipped to second place. Residents of West Virginia and Kentucky have the lowest and second-lowest well-being, respectively, for the seventh consecutive year.
Hawaii and Colorado are the only two states that have made the list of the 10 highest well-being states each year since 2008, while Alaska's well-being was among the top five in the nation for the fifth time. Montana was ranked in the top 10 each year except for 2010, and California had the 10th highest well-being in 2015, its best ranking since finishing ninth in 2008. North Dakota and Iowa, two states that have had multiple high well-being years but were outside of the top 15 in 2014, re-entered this list in 2015….
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score for the nation and for each state comprises metrics affecting overall well-being and each of the five essential elements of well-being:
- Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
- Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
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