Gallup and Healthways have been tracking the nation’s wellbeing since 2008 and Hawaii residents have consistently received the highest score. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents ideal wellbeing. The overall score is a blend of six sub-indexes including: life Evaluation, Emotional Health, Work Environment, Physical Health, Healthy Behaviors and Basic Access. Hawaii’s high scores on the Emotional Health and Healthy Behaviors Indexes helped the state hold onto its top spot with an overall ranking of 70.2. In terms of emotional health specifically, Hawaiian’s 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 been diagnosed with depression. Residents’ good eating habits and lower smoking rates earned us the distinction having the best healthy behaviors in the nation.
Lucky we live Kauai!