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Texas Ranks in the Middle in ‘Well-Being’ Study

These people have Hawaii written all over them.

It could be better, it could be worse for Texas.

When it comes to overall well-being, we’re right in the middle of the pack at 27th of the 50 states, and for the 4th year in a row, Hawaii ranks number 1.  Things could go totally wrong there and it would still be a good day.  Because you’re in Hawaii.

What about the worst state?  Which state’s sense of well-being is generally in the tank?

The new Gallup poll is published in USA Today, and says West Virginia ranks 50th for well-being.  The study asked whether people were “striving” or “struggling,” and more folks in West Virginia felt like they were on the negative end.  West Virginia also has high obesity rates and many residents there are smokers, according to the study.

Our neighbors in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana all ranked lower than Texas when it comes to physical health, outlook on life, job satisfaction and other factors.  While Texas is 27th, those states are in the 40’s.  The study pointed out that folks in Texas are the least likely to have health insurance, which becomes depressing when you’re sick and forced to shell out big bucks to be well.  The only time we want to pay for our well-being, is when we’re buying jeans that make us feel sexy, and beverages that help us relax and have fun.

It’s the weekend!  There’s something to boost the mood.  We’re usually pretty happy on Fridays, but if Monday rolls around and you get the blues, Colorado or Minnesota are good options if you can’t make it all the way to Hawaii.

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