Skip to comments.Want to be happy? Move to Hawaii! (Aloha state tops US Well-being Index)
Posted on 03/02/2012 12:50:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Texans are all fired up today because it’s Texas Independence Day — Gov. Rick Perry tweeted that he’s already eaten a burger in celebration — but, when the 50 states are ranked according to the happiness of their residents, Texas doesn’t crack the top 10 (sorry, Texans … Oklahoma doesn’t register very highly, either). The president’s home state of Hawaii, however, ranks No. 1.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index takes into account emotional health (how likely residents are to smile or laugh and how unlikely to have a daily worry), life evaluation (how likely residents are to say they’re “thriving”), work environment (how completely residents are able to utilize their strengths at work), physical health (how unlikely residents are to be obese), healthy behaviors (how likely residents are to exercise and eat healthily) and basic access (how likely residents are to have access to health care, a safe work-out environment and other resources).
President Obama has said that he thinks he has a certain laziness that stems from growing up in Hawaii, where it’s always sunny and people lie on the beach for sport. But Hawaiians are actually pretty active; they ranked No. 1 in the “healthy behaviors” category, too.
On an afternoon that, like every other day this week, has been dominated by dismal news, may this poll (recycled from Monday) serve as a reminder to take a little time to smile, laugh or maybe even exercise today! Corny? Yes, but, as Kate Winslet as Iris says in The Holiday, “I’m looking for corny in my life.” Happy Friday!
Whats the haps? Go home haole!
...especially if you work in a hospital that Odumbo names......$$$$$$$ just keeps rolling in.......
Hawaii ain’t fer me thanks. I loves my Michigan.
“. The presidents home state of Hawaii, however, ranks No. 1.”
I thought that was Kenya or Indonesia? Sorry, I’ve lost count to the many lies..
He was born in Mobassalulu.
I thought if you wanted to be happy for the rest of your life, you needed to marry an ugly wife.
I had more than my fill of living in jungles and deserts during my military tours. Don’t do either any more, nor swamps.
"Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
I seem to recall that narcissists are rarely happy (and neither are compulsive or frequent liars.)
Re: Hawaiians are happier than Texans...
Better grade of marijuana?
I thought it was Illinois?
My home state of Hawaii??????
My home state of Illinois????????
My home country Kenya?????????
My home in Indonesia????????????????
Obviously it tops the well-being index because you can come from another country, make pretend you went to Harvard, and become POTUS. And the state of HI will work to hide your true ID every step of the way.
More Socialist. More expensive, and a lot more sweating. Nice in pictures, but can be really hot with humidity reaching 100%. Get that same tropical feeling for a tenth of the cost in the Phillipines.
I liked East Texas near longview but the Dallas area wasn’t for me. Too wide open for me. I need to have trees overhead.
I’ll stick to John Denver’s take on my home state: “Almost Heaven, West Virginia...”
I lived there for several years when I was stationed there. I dont remember any uncomfortable humidity. Prices were high in Honolulu but no higher than in Virginia Beach, the rest of the State was OK, the Big Island was actually cheap. I loved it.
There are piney woods as far west as Bastrop. (Except for the ones that got burnt up in last summer’s wildfires.)
I’m not a fan of too much dry weather. I love water and in Michigan we’ve got it everywhere.
Steely Dan’s Walter Becker lives there.
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