Hawaii named happiest state in national well-being poll

BY Sherryl Connelly

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 12:45 PM 






Hawaii just beat Utah as the happiest state to live in. 

To fans of the 50th state’s warm weather and miles of beaches, that may come as no surprise. But now it’s official. The results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index show that the Aloha State pulled ahead of the Beehive State in 2009. 

In 2008, Utah was tops. 

More than 350,000 Americans were interviewed in the second year of the survey that tries to measure happiness levels across the country. 

Factors considered include overall life evaluation, physical and emotional health, work environment and healthy behaviors such as exercise, as well as access to basic health care services.