I can surf before work, walk to Foodland for groceries, take my dogs to a nearby off-leash dog park and indulge in just about any food craving I can imagine — all within a five-mile radius of where I live.
It’s not a bad gig!
Hawaii scored a 71.0 average well-being score, out of a possible 100 points. That’s up from 70.2 last year. Wyoming was second with a score of 69.2 and North Dakota rounded the Top 3 with 68.4.
All the states and Washington D.C. were ranked in six categories: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, work environment, healthy behavior and basic access to things like healthcare and safe places to exercise. (Not weather or proximity to world-class surf spots!)
Happy in Hawaii? Sure. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of irritants — like morning traffic, state budget cuts, gnats, coqui frogs, higher price for goods, lower salaries and potholes that never go away.
And if you’re tall, Asian-American, an observant Jew, at least 65 years old, married with children, runs your own business and earns more than $120,000 a year — and you live in Hawaii — well, you’ve hit the proverbial happiness jackpot, according to Gallup, as that’s the statistical composite for the happiest person in America. (Alvin Kuo Wong, 69, from Manoa, fit the composite and was profiled in a recent New York Times article.)
Men, apparently, are happier than women. That concerns me.
So what do you think about the survey? You happy? Lucky we live Hawaii? Or do you think life could be better in the Aloha State? Dish here!