Minnesota Ranks Near Top Nationally in Well-Being Index
Posted by Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker / March 3, 2014 Comment
recent winters that have caused otherwise-hardy grown men to weep like scared children — ranks #4 on a list of U.S. states in terms of overall "Well-Being"-ness, our beloved state slipping slightly from it's ranking of #3 in 2012.
Methods and CriteriaAccording to the Healthways website:
"More than 178,000 interviews nationwide fueled the 2013 analysis, which examined Americans’ perceptions on topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare to create a composite well-being rank for each state."Gallup and Healthways researchers keyed in on five dimensions they believe to be fundamental to well-being:
Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily