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May 18, 2017

Think About It: Stress Test

Quoting information from websites can be problematic, unlessyou know details about the sources and the actual factual nature of theinformation you pull or quote. So I take it with a grain of salt when I read ofsome new study or list; and there seems to be a new one every other day. That'smy disclaimer, because I did find it fascinating to read recently that personalfinance website WalletHub ranked Hawaii in 36th place among allstates plus the District of Columbia when it comes to people's stress levels,with 51st place meaning the least-stressful (that would beMinnesota!).

According to the survey of states plus D.C., we rank 31stin family stress, and 6th in work stress, yet we only rank as the 47thmost stressed state when it comes to money. Perhaps predictably, we rank 49thin stress related to health. Last year the same folks told us that Honoluluitself ranked 149th out of 151 cities surveyed for stress, andHonolulu was only #73 in work-related stress, so it is possible that peopleoutside of Honolulu proper feel much more stressed about work? Stress levels ingeneral have been on a downward trend in America over the past 10-yearsperhaps, in part, a reflection of a feel-good rebound post-recession.

But if work stress is truly so high here, and knowing howmuch everything costs here relative to elsewhere, wouldn't you think moneywould be an extremely stressful issue locally as well? It's not nearly as big adeal here as it is in most other states but on the work side as a state we dohave issues with hours worked, commute time, job security, income growth rate,underemployment and leisure time available. I guess it should come as nosurprise that work stress here is one part of the price we pay for paradise,according to WalletHub. Think about it…


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