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12 Reasons Hawaii Is The Happiest And Healthiest State In America

With so many amazing views – as well as access to watersports and hiking trails and the laid-back Aloha lifestyle – it comes as no surprise that Hawaii is the happiest and healthiest state in America. That’s right, for the sixth time since the rankings began nine years ago, Hawaii has scored the No. 1 spot in the annual Gallup-Healthways 2016 Well-Being Rankings.

The survey looks at five distinct categories of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical (Hawaii received the number one spot in the latter three categories). The index looks at health factors like obesity, depression, health insurance access, healthy eating, exercise and smoking rates, as well as financial security and community participation. Rounding out the top five states are Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Colorado. In Hawaii – where we certainly pride ourselves on our healthy and stress-free lifestyle – we can think of a few distinct reasons that the Aloha State beat out the rest of the country in terms of well-being; here are 12 of those reasons.

If you love thinking about all the things that make Hawaii absolutely incredible, check out these “14 Things People From Hawaii Do Better Than Anywhere Else.”

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. She is obsessed with hiking, beach trips, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.