We can't imagine this will come as too big of a surprise: Guess which state is the least stressed?
Gallup quizzed people across the nation daily last year for its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, asking whether they'd felt stress "a lot of the day yesterday." The data, just released this week, show that for 2012, Hawaiians were least likely to report having felt stress: Just 32.1 percent said yes, compared with 40.6 percent of Americans overall. Hawaiians were also the least stressed in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008, when Gallup first started asking.
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Hawaiians were also the most likely to have experienced enjoyment "a lot of the day yesterday": 89.7 percent of them said they had, compared with 84.9 percent of Americans overall.
Guess living in paradise will do that to you.
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One surprise does emerge from the survey, though. As you'd expect, states that experienced the least stress also reported the most enjoyment, and states that were more stressed reported feeling less enjoyment ...
Except in Utah. Utah scored in the top five states for both stress and enjoyment. Gallup doesn't quite know what to make of that, other than that it suggests "a complex relationship between stress and other emotions." (What do you think explains this anomaly? Tell us in the comments.)
Here are the five most stressed-out states, as measured by the proportion of people who reported feeling stress "a lot of the day yesterday":
West Virginia, 47.1 percent
Rhode Island, 46.3 percent
Kentucky, 44.8 percent
Utah, 44.6 percent
Massachusetts, 43.4 percent
The five least stressed-out states:
Hawaii, 32.1 percent
Louisiana, 37.6 percent
Mississippi, 37.9 percent
Iowa, 38.1 percent
Wyoming, 38.6 percent
The five states that experienced the most enjoyment:
Hawaii, 89.7 percent
Wyoming, 88.8 percent
Utah, 88.7 percent
North Dakota, 87.9 percent
Idaho, 87.3 percent
The five states that experienced the least enjoyment:
Rhode Island, 80.4 percent
Kentucky, 81.3 percent
New Jersey, 82.0 percent
New York, 82.1 percent
West Virginia, 82.7 percent