Are You Living in One of the Most Stressful States in the U.S.?
For the second year in a row, Gallup Wellness has ranked Hawaii as the least stressed state in the U.S. (shocker!). It’s not that surprising considering it’s a major vacation spot and with the warm temps and gorgeous landscape, it’s pretty hard to worry about anything at all.
Sadly, the same can’t be said of West Virginia, which for some reason, is a super stressful place to call home. These stats are all based on a year of over 350,000 interviews that were conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Participants responded to phone interviews asking them if they felt stressed the previous day.
So what does this mean to Americans? Well if you lived in Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, or Wyoming in 2012, you were feeling pretty relaxed. These states made the top five least stressed in the country.
However if you were residing in West Virginia, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah, or Massachusetts, which ranked the highest for the most stressed states in 2012, you probably should have considered moving or at least taking a vacation. How about a trip to Hawaii? After all, on top of being the least stressful place to hang ten, it has also held the title for the past five years.
Here’s the good news, even for those in West Virginia — nationally, 84.9% of Americans said they felt enjoyment yesterday during the polls in 2012, so while the exact meaning of “enjoyment” remains unclear, it sounds like the majority of us are pretty happy people.