The new Gallup-Healthways Well Being index is available. The index is an attempt to “measure what it is that people believe constitutes a good life, who is feeling good about life, and who is in need of a helping hand,” and has 6 sub-scales: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access.
Here are a few interesting facts about well-being in the U.S.:
- People in Utah report the highest levels of well-being; Wes Virginia the lowest.
- There is only a small (but statistically significant) positive relationship between median income and well-being.
- My home state (California) falls behind Wyoming and Utah.
- In terms of healthy behavior (one of the many reports you can generate from the survey's web page) is lowest in the southern states.
- In terms of emotional health, those states closest to the Canadian border score higher than do those in the south.
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research has a group that studies well-being and happiness.