West Virginia ranked last among states in the seventh annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released in February—for the sixth time in a row.
Written by Pam Kasey
EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a corrected version of a graphic that ran in the May/June 2015 issue of West Virginia Focus.
It’s tempting to dismiss the Well-Being Index as meaningless. It’s not. The poll questions are grounded in peer-reviewed research, and the results are based on hundreds of thousands of phone interviews conducted nationwide through-out the year, with samples matched to national demographics for gender, age, race, ethnicity, and location, among other characteristics. The Gallup-Healthways partnership calls the Well-Being Index “the most proven, mature, and comprehensive measure of well-being in the world.”
Based on recent research, the index was updated in 2014 to a new set of five measures.
Measuring well-being, they say, is vital to improving it. So, knowing this—how do we improve it?