Miserable statesYou might think that with the economy on its slow climb back to health, Americans would have gotten a little bit happier in 2011. In fact, they got a bit more miserable -- or so says the most recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The index measures six areas of well-being on a range of 0 to 100, including life evaluation, physical health and work environment. The national score dropped slightly from 66.8 in 2010 to 66.2 in 2011 -- the lowest since the Index was launched in 2008.

Of the 10 states with the highest levels of well-being, nine are in the West and Midwest. Of the 10 with the lowest scores, five are in the South.
24/7 Wall St. wanted to identify the objective conditions that most impact well-being -- and common symptoms weren't hard to find.

In general, the states where people report the lowest levels of well-being suffer from similar woes: low median household incomes, high poverty, relatively low levels of education. Austerity measures taken by state governments to combat budget shortfalls have hindered the happiness recovery as well, Gallup says.

Perhaps the most common shared factor among the states that report the lowest well-being is poor health. Nine of the states on this list are among the 15 with the lowest life expectancies. Obesity is exceptionally high in seven. Seven also fall within the 10 states that have the highest rates of smoking. Rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes are also all particularly high.




- Charles B. Stockdale, Michael B. Sauter, Ashley C. Allen


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free clarksburg!

way to go west virginia!

March 27 2012 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Koz

What they did not come to MAssachusetts, it is pretty miserable state I have been in.

March 08 2012 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce

Anybody else happen to notice how many primarily "red" states are on that list? Not 100%, but certainly more that are represented in the population! Just sayin'...

March 07 2012 at 10:04 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Bruce

Anybody else happen to notice how many primarily "red" states are on that list? Not 100%, but certainly more that are represented in the population! Just sayin'...

March 07 2012 at 10:04 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
bigmac0812

figures almost all of them are Republicon states

March 07 2012 at 7:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
melwinchell

Recovering? More houses than ever in foreclosure, 12 million homeowners "underwater" on their mortgages, 8% or more inflation, $5 a gallon gas in parts of the country and still rising, and we all work an average of 2 out of 5 days a week for nothing- 2 days of our pay goes to the government.

How is this a realistic article? Would love this vetted by the Wall St. Journal or similar.

March 07 2012 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Gary Mcwilliams

I lived in the South it is so full of hate it hates itself.......Since reconstruction.......Republican carbetbaggers have ruled this place with a iron fist.......they use religion and race to keep the people afraid and poor......consistently voting against their own interests......for over a hundred years......THE SOUTH IS SO FULL OF HATE IT HATES ITSELF…..LiveScience research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice

March 07 2012 at 7:04 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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alucky1128f8@aol

you are full of bs !!! I'VE LIVED IN THE SOUTH ALL MY LIFE AND 98% OF ALL PEOPLE HERE ARE VERY NICE.

March 07 2012 at 7:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Gary Mcwilliams

I lived in the South it is so full of hate it hates itself.......Since reconstruction.......Republican carbetbaggers have ruled this place with a iron fist.......they use religion and race to keep the people afraid and poor......consistently voting against their own interests......for over a hundred years......THE SOUTH IS SO FULL OF HATE IT HATES ITSELF.

March 07 2012 at 7:02 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Gary Mcwilliams

I lived in the South it is so full of hate it hates itself.......Since reconstruction.......Republican carbetbaggers have ruled this place with a iron fist.......they use religion and race to keep the people afraid and poor......consistently voting against their own interests......for over a hundred years......THE SOUTH IS SO FULL OF HATE IT HATES ITSELF.

March 07 2012 at 6:52 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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davefromfwb1

I agree...the south is full of retired military people who've never earned a buck for themselves other than doing what the government's told them. There aren't any big corporations down here so there isn't any opportunity for anyone. The biggest job provider down here is probably drug dealing and being a food service employee.

March 07 2012 at 6:56 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
alucky1128f8@aol

THIS IS BS !!!

March 07 2012 at 7:52 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
melwinchell

Recovering? More houses than ever in foreclosure, 12 million homeowners "underwater" on their mortgages, 8% or more inflation, $5 a gallon gas in parts of the country and still rising, and we all work an average of 2 out of 5 days a week for nothing- 2 days of our pay goes to the government.

How is this a realistic article? Would love this vetted by the Wall St. Journal or similar.

March 07 2012 at 6:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply