Great sense of ‘well-being’

Well, Hawaii has slipped a little bit in the rankings, but for the 10th straight year the Aloha State has finished in the Top 10 in the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index.

While Hawaii was ranked No. 1 in the 2016 survey, we slipped to No. 3 in the rankings for 2017 announced last week. The Well-Being Index survey asks residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to rank how they feel in the following five areas:

• Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.

• Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.

• Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.

• Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.

• Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.

The average score of a “sense of well-being” was 61.5 across the country. Hawaii residents score of 63.39, ranked below only No. 1 South Dakota (64.10) and second-place finisher Vermont at 64.09.

It is interesting to note that Hawaii finished in the Top 10 states in all five areas surveyed for the Well-Being Index — Purpose, Social, Financial, Community and Physical. We were the only state that had that distinction.

The survey was based on telephone interviews with 160,498 adults conducted throughout 2017 across all 50 states and D.C.

As we note every year when we report on the “State of American Well-Being,” the index is a reflection of how we feel about our lives. Once again this year, it is safe to say most of us agree with the local expression, “Lucky we live Hawaii.”

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