Do you feel happy, Washington? Well, you should ... because the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of happiest states in the nation is out, and according to the calculations you’re smiling.
Using six “sub-indexes” to calculate scores - life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and basic access - Gallup determined Washington’s “well-being index” to be 68.3 percent - which was just a little under two percentage points behind the happiest state of them all ... North Dakota.
What the fuck?
It’s true, and the folks at Gallup say they have science to back it up. According to the report, “In addition to North Dakota’s having the highest overall Well-Being Index score, it was the top state on two of the six well-being sub-indexes: Work Environment and Physical Health.”
How’d it all work? By the sound of things, the rankings are a fairly elaborate ordeal:
These state-level data are based on more than 178,000 interviews with American adults across all 50 states, conducted from January-December 2013. Gallup and Healthways started tracking state-level well-being in 2008. ... The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents ideal well-being. Well-Being Index scores among states varied within a nine-point range in 2013. The Well-Being Index score for the nation in 2013 dipped to 66.2 from 66.7 in 2012, and matches the previous low, measured in 2011.
You can find the full list here.