Hawaii is happiest place in America, new survey finds

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Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Sri Maiava Rusden

Is it really any surprise? According to a new survey, people living in Hawaii have the highest level of well-being in the nation. The survey was used to measure the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which ranged from a low of 62.3 in West Virginia to a high of 70.2 in Hawaii. The nation as a whole had an index of 66.2, down from 66.8 in 2010. The index ranges from 0 to 100, with 100 representing a state of ideal well-being.

This is the third straight year that Hawaii ranked first. The state also had the highest score for the “emotional health” subcategory, with a whopping 83.8 on the index.

“Hawaiians were the most likely to say they smiled or laughed a lot ‘yesterday’ and the least likely to report daily worry or stress and to have ever been diagnosed with depression,” according to the Gallup report.

Those polled did not specify why they ranked themselves as they did, but we think all you have to do is look at the photo above to get an idea of why Hawaiians are so pleased with their lives.

 



 

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