Researchers found that they can establish one’s level of well-being and happiness after looking at how often he visits the dentist. Gallup and Healthways issued a report which ranked all the U.S. stated according to the well-being of their citizens.
Dan Witters, the main researcher, stated that people who go to the dentist more often were in better control of their lives and their health, while a poor care of oral health was linked to many other physical issues.
However, the question regarding dentist visits is only one out of 55 which were gathered in a survey taken by more than 177,000 Americans. The survey was used to determine the well-being of the respondents from financial, physical, social, or emotional points of view.
The top 10 of best ranking states in well-being starts with Hawaii and is followed by Alaska, South Dakota, Maine, Colorado, Vermont, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota, and Texas. The bottom of the list was occupied by Mississippi, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
The levels of well-being in the community were measured in how proud people were of their community. About 70% of Hawaiians are proud of their community and 86% of them feel safe and secure there. As a comparison, West Virginians recorded lower levels of safety and pride.
Also, many respondents from Hawaii and Colorado declared that they had someone who encouraged them to lead a healthier lifestyle and they also afforded to do more things that they like. However, keep in mind that financial well-being is not necessarily granted by a higher income.
For example, an income of only $75,000 year is enough for one to feel happy from a financial point of view. Researchers also found that this is the point at which negative emotions such as stress or worry start going down.
Other results show that Vermonters are the most engaged in intellectual activities. About 71% of them learn something or get involved in interesting activities every day. This explains why the levels of well-being are so high in college towns.
In the end, the researchers explained the low results in the states from the bottom of the list. They scored so low due to the big numbers of health issues and people struggling with obesity. However, among the factors the respondents included financial problems, the lack of safety, and poor housing conditions.
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