Most of us in Colorado feel happy about our life. Our degree of happiness and healthiness is measured annually when Gallup conducts its wellbeing survey. In the recently released 2018 results, Colorado ranked No. 6 on the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, marking the 11th year in a row in the top 10 across the U.S.
Colorado and Hawaii are the only two states with an eleven year record in the top 10. Hawaii ranked No. 1 and Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Utah followed as the top five.
Colorado’s long held position as top state for physical wellbeing was nudged out in 2018 by Alaska and Wyoming. Hawaii topped all states in three elements in 2018, leading the U.S. in career, social, and financial wellbeing. Alaska and North Dakota were top states for financial wellbeing, following Hawaii.
Here are the top 10 happiest and healthiest states and their scores out
of 100 on Gallup’s National Health and Well-Being Index.
1. Hawaii: 64.6
2. Wyoming: 64.2
3. Alaska: 63.9
4. Montana: 63.5
5. Utah: 63.4
6. Colorado: 63.4
7. Vermont: 63.3
8. Delaware: 62.9
9. South Dakota: 62.7
10. North Dakota: 62.7
Gallup reports that its ranking is based on more than 115,000 surveys of adults across the U.S. that measures five essential elements of wellbeing:
Career: liking what you do and feeling motivated to achieve 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
High levels of wellbeing improve workplace performance and employee engagement that can benefit local employers, writes Gallup.
Across the nation overall wellbeing declined in 2018, with the national Well-Being Index score dropping to 61.2 from 61.5 in 2017. The Index also declined in 2017, bringing the two-year decrease to 0.9 points. Social and career wellbeing slid, while physical wellbeing improved and financial and community wellbeing held steady.
For the full Gallup Wellbeing Index, visit news.gallup.com/poll/247034/hawaii-tops-wellbeing-record-7th-time.aspx.
By Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder is the owner and founder of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom at email@example.com, call 303.441.5620 or visit boulderco.com.