We are all shiny happy people now–Gallup ranks our area highest in “well-being” in nation

To help you decipher the chart:

Green: Top 25% in the nation
Blue: Second 25%
Yellow: Third 25%
Red: Lowest 25%

Map of 12th Congressional District

Map of 14th Congressional District

What do the categories mean?

Life Evaluation: Survey recipients are asked to rank “their lives today as well as their lives five years from now.”

Emotional Health: “…a composite of respondents’ daily experiences, looking at prior history of diagnosed depression, smiling or laughter, being treated with respect, enjoyment, happiness, worry, sadness, anger, stress, learning or doing something interesting.”

Physical Health: “…questions related to estimates of Body Mass Index, disease burden, sick days, physical pain, daily energy, history of disease, daily health experiences”

Health Behavior: “…based on key items related to smoking, a healthy diet and exercise.”

Work Environment: “…consists of questions workers answer each day: Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your job or the work you do?, At work, do you get to use your strengths to do what you do best every day, or not?, Does your supervisor at work treat you more like he or she is your boss or your partner?, Does your supervisor always create an environment that is trusting and open, or not?

Basic Access: “…measure people’s access to food, shelter, healthcare and a safe and satisfying place to live.”

The index has a web site at www.well-beingindex.com

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