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Hawaii wins the “Happiest State” award



Hawaii wins the “Happiest State” award and for a third year in a row. Well it makes sense to me after living here for so many years you become one with nature. This environment relaxes you and over time you can feel the daily stress just fade away. A happy feeling is how you feel being here on the islands.

Hawaii wins the “Happiest State” award in the USA

After an assessment of health and well-being of Americans in 2011 – known as Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, it was found that among the 50 U.S. states, Hawaii, with a score of 70.2, tops the list with the highest level of well-being. This is the third year in a row that Hawaii has come in first.

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score is an indicator of the happiest states, is an average of six sub-indices, including life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment, and basic access to necessities like clean and safe water, medicine and health insurance coverage, to name a few. The well-being is measured on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 would represent ideal well-being.

Hawaii wins the “Happiest State” award

The top ten states were Hawaii (70.2), North Dakota (70.0), Minnesota (69.2), Utah (69.0), Alaska (69.0), Colorado (68.4), Kansas (68.4), Nebraska (68.3), New Hampshire (68.2) and Montana (68.0).

The nation’s overall well-being score in 2011 was 66.2, down from 66.8 in 2010. According to Gallup officials, the static well-being across the country, reflects the continuing sluggish economy. As many states continue to face severe fiscal problems, reductions in public services, public-sector layoffs or salary cuts, and decreases in federal aid, improving the country’s well-being will be a challenge for leaders, said the report.

At the bottom end, West Virginia scored 62.3 — in last place, but still an improvement from its 2010 well-being index of 61.7. Rounding out the 10 lowest-scoring states: Kentucky, 63.3; Mississippi, 63.4; Delaware, 64.2; Ohio, 64.5; Alabama, 64.6; Arkansas, 64.7; Missouri, 64.8; Florida, 64.9; and Tennessee and Nevada, both at 65.0.

Take notice when the next time you vacation in Hawaii and you’ll know why the state of Hawaii wins the “Happiest State” award. Friendly people, nice surrondings, sweet mist in the air, and a sprinkle of rain to keep us all cool.

~~Aloha Nui Loa


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