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5 States Where You Can Brag About Your Well-Being (& 5 Where You Can't)

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When it comes to your well-being, you may wonder if where you live has any impact. Turns out, it might! The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures how people feel about their daily lives and studies their health across five elements: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.

After conducting more than 177,000 phone interviews with adults across the 50 states and the District of Columbia throughout 2015, the Index ranked them accordingly.

Think you know where folks feel the best about their lives? Take a look and find out if your happiness (or unhappiness) could be something you share with your fellow residents.


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1#1. Best: Hawaii

If you often thought to yourself, "I'd be so much happier if I lived on an island!" -- you may be right. Hawaii has claimed the top spot five times since 2008. When it comes to liking where they live, having a sense of purpose, and financial security, this island state's residents are feeling pretty content. Can you blame them?

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2#2. Best: Alaska

Alaska is the largest and most sparsely populated of the states. Perhaps all that open area gives residents a sense of well-being? The Last Frontier ranks highest when it comes to "managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security."

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3#3. Best: Montana

When it comes to having residents who like where they live, feel safe, and have pride in their community, Montana tops the chart! This is another state where you can spread out and enjoy the landscape.


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4#4. Colorado

Residents of Colorado are second only to Hawaii's inhabitants when it comes to enjoying good health and having enough energy to get things done daily. Must be all that fresh air!

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6#1. Worst: West Virginia

West Virginia residents are sorely lacking when it comes to experiencing a sense of well-being. The southern state comes in dead last nearly across all categories -- and for the seventh time in seven years.

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7#2. Worst: Kentucky

Kentucky residents report a lack of overall good health. Additionally, they don't feel motivated to reach their goals. But this isn't anything new -- the state held the same ranking in 2014.

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8#3. Worst: Oklahoma

Oklahoma has seen its share of rough weather, which certainly could rattle one's sense of well-being. The state dropped nine spots over the course of the year and is near the bottom of the barrel when it comes to its residents having supportive, loving relationships.

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9#4. Worst: Ohio

Though it's the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, residents of Ohio aren't feeling too groovy, according to these rankings. The Buckeye State is way down there when it comes to people having pride in their communities and liking what they do each day.

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