Forget your morning commute or the fact that we pay the highest taxes in the country.
Hawaii has the happiest, least stressed residents in the nation, according to new results from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released last week.
Only 32.1 percent of Hawaii residents who responded to the survey said they experienced “a lot” of stress. Louisiana was second, with Mississippi third.
West Virginia has the most stressed residents, with nearly half of respondents from that state saying they feel a lot of stress. It’s also the unhappiest and fattest state of 2012. Rhode Island and Kentucky round the Top 3.
I wonder who Gallup surveyed.
Because everyone I know who lives here — who have jobs and families and aren’t independently wealthy — seem stressed. We suffer long, arduous commutes; we deal with a high cost of living that doesn’t match our salaries; we work two or more jobs just to make ends meet.
Who are these least stressed Hawaii residents — and what job do they have? Because I’m interested.
Part of the survey, though, looked at what people did in their spare time. Those living in the least stressed states, for example, spent more time doing things they enjoyed. I’m sure weather has a lot do to with that, too. You can do more here — like surf and golf — all year long, thanks to our idyllic weather.
Still. Least stressed? Maybe Gallup accidentally interviewed vacationers.
What do you think about the poll? You feel like it’s right, that we’re the least stressed residents of any state? Or do you think Gallup got it wrong?