Don’t worry; you’re happy in Colorado, study says


Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index

Top 10 states

Hawaii: 71.0

Wyoming: 69.2

North Dakota: 68.4

Alaska: 68.3

Colorado: 68.0

Minnesota: 68.0

South Dakota: 68.0

Utah: 67.9

Connecticut: 67.9

Nebraska: 67.8

Bottom 10 states

West Virginia: 61.7

Kentucky: 61.9

Mississippi: 63.0

Arkansas: 63.7

Alabama: 63.7

Ohio: 63.8

Delaware: 64.2

Nevada: 64.2

Louisiana: 64.3

Michigan: 64.6

Are we happy yet?

If you call yourself a Coloradan, chances are that’s the case, according to recent findings of the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index.

Colorado ranked fifth nationally for average well-being as measured in six categories during a two-day national telephone survey. The survey was a random sampling of 352,840 adults ages 18 and older, conducted Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

The survey included a life evaluation and measured emotional and physical health, work environment, healthy behaviors and basic access to health care, according to the Gallup-Healthways report.

Chris Brown, owner of Brown Cycles, 549 Main St., said money isn’t a key to his happiness. Past studies have suggested states with wealthier, better-educated, and more-tolerant residents are the happiest, according to the report.

Brown believes happiness isn’t a chase, or something that just comes to people.

“It comes to you as a result of righteousness, discipline and dedication,” Brown said. “Otherwise, we’d just be stoned all the time, which we know doesn’t make you happy in the end.”

Leading the way among states was Hawaii, which scored high in the categories of life evaluation and emotional and physical health. West Virginia ranked at the bottom in the same three categories with the nation’s unhappiest residents.


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