It is always nice when North Dakota is noted as being number one for something positive. We have been on some top ten lists that we are not proud of – such as underage drinking, binge drinking, more bars per capita, highest apartment rental costs, largest condoms, etc. I cringe when we claw our way to the top of those lists.
But now North Dakota is on the top of the Gallup poll well-being list. With a score of 70.4 out of 100, North Dakota bounced Hawaii out of its longstanding number one position. Go ahead, pick your jaw up off the floor – North Dakota trumped Hawaii. Someone call Hawaii Five-0 and alert them.
According to Gallup, “State rankings come from surveys of more than 176,000 Americans, including some from every state; the organization has released results annually since 2008. Survey participants answer questions about six measures of well-being: life evaluation (how people feel they’re doing currently, and how they expect to do in five years); emotional health (how many positive and negative emotions they experienced in the past day); work environment (how happy they are at work and with their relationship with their bosses); physical health (including obesity and illnesses); healthy behaviors (how well people eat and how often they exercise); and basic access to food, shelter, clean water and medical care.”
I am going to Hawaii in August. I thought that my well-being would be enhanced by such a trip, but apparently I have that wrong. It is living in North Dakota that produces the best well-being in the country. I do not need to go anywhere except out the front door – go figure.
It just goes to show you – there’s no place like home.
Day one thousand three hundred and twenty-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da