Hawaiian Happiness Comes in First

By Hudson, USA, May 2011

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We are all no strangers to the stunning beauty of Hawaii, its pellucid and warm waters, the spectacular and lush fauna, the easy living… but is this really what helps to define a happy, good life? Apparently, Yes, it is. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Hawaii has topped the list of ‘happiest’ US States.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index was conducted for a solid year throughout 2010, and asked a random sampling of 352,840 US adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to assess six categories of well-being. Self evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behavior and basic access to things like schools, health care facilities, and gyms, put Hawaiians at the top of the list as far as these fifty states are concerned. This was due to Hawaii’s unusually high scores in life evaluation, emotional and physical health. With Hawaiian officials recently reporting a low 6% unemployment rate, it is easy to see how Hawaii did well under items like job satisfaction too, especially since tourism is back on the rise.

While results showed that the South might need a bit of a pick-me-up (10 Southern states appeared at the bottom of the list), Hawaiians were in da kine way of living. While these sorts of studies are in no way definitive, a quick look over the bamboo forests of Hana and it’s easy to see how they could’ve gotten this one right. Must be something about the palm trees and ocean breeze. I’ve been saying it for years…

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