published Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Tennesseans rank 47th in well-being

For many people a vacation in Hawaii would be a dream, but living there might be even better. Hawaiians agree.

Hawaii ranks No. 1 for the fifth year in a row as the state where residents report the best sense of overall well-being, based on physical health, outlook on life, job satisfaction and other factors that affect quality of life, according to the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released Wednesday.

Other states that have consistently ranked in the top 10 on the well-being index every year from 2008 to 2012 include Utah, Minnesota, Colorado and Montana.

Folks in these states tend to have lower rates of obesity and fewer medical problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain. They also report enjoying their jobs more, have lower rates of smoking, and exercise more often than residents in states that rank lower on the list.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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