The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is a report based on 2.3 million surveys of United States residents. Policy, business, and community leaders can use the data to focus on areas where their state is deficient. Healthways stated goal is “creating a better world one person at a time.” Their criteria is also quite valuable to assess your own life and well-being. There are five quality of life areas they measure:
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.
So, the takeaway is, love your work and feel as though you are valued, good friends and family count a lot, have enough money to provide security and lessen financial worry, a resonance between who you are and where you live, and be healthy enough to do what you what.
Returning to the data, once again the western states dominate the top ten states for well-being. They are in order:
- Wyoming-where I live
- South Dakota
Even if your state is not in the top group, you can still benefit by focusing on improving your life in each of the five ‘quality of life’ areas. You can find a comprehensive list of where each state ranks at: well-beingindex.com