Survey finds Hawaii happiest state in U.S.

15:33, March 10, 2011      

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Hawaii topped a list of the happiest U.S. states, according to a telephone survey published by Fox News on Wednesday.

Conducted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, the survey involved 352,840 people aged 18 and older nationwide, Fox News reported.

The poll found that five western states were among the top 10 happiest states, while 10 southern states were in the lower range of happiness.

The top five happiest states were: Hawaii, Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska and Colorado.

West Virginia is the most glum, to be followed by Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, the survey showed.

The list, based on results from the "Healthways Well-Being Index" conducted by Gallup, considered six categories of well- being: life evaluation; emotional health; work environment; physical health; healthy behavior; and basic access (access to health care, a doctor, safe places to exercise and walk, and community satisfaction).

According to the final data, Hawaii scores highest in the first three sub-indexes, while West Virginia has the lowest well-being scores.

Gallup experts suggest several ways to improve well-being: increase residents' access to good jobs and basic necessities -- including medical care -- while decreasing costly, chronic conditions, such as obesity and diabetes.

Source: Xinhua

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