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.
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With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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