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Hawaii Named Happiest State in New Poll

Photo by Jodi Cobb.

 

Life getting you down?  Maybe it’s time to go to Hawaii.  According to the results of a recent poll by Gallup, Hawaii’s residents are the happiest people in the United States.  North Dakota took second place, demonstrating that a landlocked life can be pretty good too.  Other states that made it into the top five included Minnesota, Utah, and Alaska.

The least happy states?  West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Delaware and Ohio.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index takes a number of factors into account when evaluating respondents’ overall satisfaction with life, including physical health, work environment, and access to services such as health care and safe places for recreation and exercise.  But nationwide, Americans’ well-being has remained more or less unchanged since 2008, another effect, perhaps, of the country’s ongoing economic difficulties.

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