The happiest and healthiest states in the US, ranked
Take a place where the residents enjoy warm relationships, like what they do each day, love their surroundings and are inspired to treat their bodies right. It must be paradise.
No wonder Hawaii fits the bill.
Hawaii and Colorado, which was in 6th place this year, are the only two states to be included in the top 10 every year.
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Hawaii may seem like a no-brainer, but surprisingly, it’s not about the warm weather and gorgeous scenery. Research shows there’s not much of a relationship between those factors and overall well-being, said Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index.
“So while at first blush, it seems intuitive — ‘Of course, it’s Hawaii’ — the way that we measure well-being doesn’t necessarily give Hawaii a leg up on the other states just as a function of where it’s located and the year-round outdoor weather,” Witters told TODAY.
“It comes down to who lives there and what kind of culture do you have… ‘This is the way we do things around here.’”
The physical well-being of Hawaii residents is “terrific” and they love where they live, Witters said. But the state’s biggest strengths are actually social well-being — enjoying strong relationships with friends and loved ones; career well-being — liking what you do each day; and financial health — which is more about being able to live within your means rather than how much money you make.
Besides Hawaii and Colorado, Alaska is another frequent fixture at the top of the list.
“They do a really good job taking care of themselves,” Witters said, noting that Alaska is No. 1 in the nation when it comes to physical well-being. Almost 70 percent of residents there say they get at least 30 minutes of exercise three or more days a week.