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April 9, 2018

Think About It: Stress Test

It might not be healthy or wise to think of life as a competition, but that doesn't mean our day to day grind is not competitive on many fronts. And the good folks at WalletHub keep reminding us of where we rank vs. other states across the country in a variety of areas. For example, last week the service ranked Hawaii as the 9th least stressed state in the country, basing its findings on a number of criteria. Money, health care concerns, and our country's future are common stressers for people. Women's stress levels have risen in the past year while men's levels have dropped. Bankruptcies and nightly sleep amounts are also part of this survey related to stress.

We are among the five lowest states in divorce rate, we average the fewest hours sleeping at night and we have the least affordable housing, which is probably why many can't sleep. We are also 44th in the number of psychologists per capita, so either we're pretty well-adjusted, deal with our problems through our extended ohana, or just can't seem to attract many shrinks here. We rank 21st in average hours worked per week and also rank 21st in job security. Maybe that's why so many here work so many hours- to ensure job security and to help pay for a house. And while we feel pretty safe, I think, we are ranked 18th in crime rate per capita.

The highest stress levels states are Louisiana, New Mexico, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Nevada, and the coolest, least-stressed states are colder Minnesota and North Dakota. So stay calm, get your rest, make sure to laugh and listen to music, and don't worry about being in 9th place, for whatever it's worth. Think about it…

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