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September 17, 2018

Think About It: Happy Is As Happy Does

Perhaps the ultimate tribute to life in the 50th state is the fact that we apparently do not get enough sleep, yet have the 3rd lowest share of adult depression of any state in the country. At least, that's according to WalletHub, which also ranked Hawaii as the #1 happiest state in the country. We're #30 in weekly work hours, a position in the middle of all states which you might have thought would have been much higher in rank with so many people working multiple jobs.

 

Hawaii ranks low in terms of adult depression and we rank #10 in the country in lowest rate of suicide. We also have the 5th lowest separation and divorce rate, which is really good since we're apparently not sleeping very well, which one might think would make people ornery, depressed, and/or short-tempered. We rank 8th in safety, and a surprising 13th in income growth, though that doesn't take into account the incredible strain that daily finances put on many people here. We have the lowest share of adults who worry about money (at 30%). Amazing. We look out for each other, we live humbly and proud, and we stay together in times of need.

 

Even with the economic strain, crowded shorelines and highways, and perceived threats to our very community from outside and internal influences, we report that we're quite happy, which I believe says a lot for our culture, as the concepts of ohana and aloha pave the way. The survey says we are the happiest state in the union, so some of the intangibles we humbly gloss over here surely must create some magic. We have the highest life expectancy and the lowest share of adults with physical, mental, or emotional problems (at 18%). Lucky you live Hawaii? Well, it sure seems that way, this time through actual research. Think about it…

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