That’s right, according to a recently released Gallup poll Utah was ranked in the top five for most stressed out states but also in the top five states where residents report having the most enjoyment.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has been released for 2012 showing Utah as being a state where residents’ stress and fun go hand in hand. The ranking is based on daily interviews Gallup made with individuals in every state of the union, having conducted more than 350,000 interviews nationwide. The survey asked respondents to rate how they felt yesterday and 44.6 percent of Utahns reported feeling stressed throughout 2012, compared to a nationwide average of 40.6 percent of Americans.
The most mellow state in the union, not surprisingly, was Hawaii with only 32.1 residents feeling stress in the daily surveys. West Virginia it turns out is for stressed-out lovers with 47.6 percent reporting feelings of stress. Hawaii as it turns out has been least stressed for the past five years and according to Gallup, Utah has also been in the top five most stressed states for the past 5 years.
The report doesn’t name specific factors of stress for Utahns in 2012 (we’re guessing a nail-biter of an election for Utah’s chosen son Mitt Romney) but what’s interesting is that Utah also ranked 3rd highest in 2012 for residents reporting the most enjoyment, with 88.7 percent of residents reporting feeling enjoyment in the survey.
Amazingly Utah has ranked in the top five for enjoyment in 2008 and 2011, “suggesting a complex relationship with stress and other emotions” the survey reports.
To read the Gallup report click here. If you’re a Utahn who is feeling more stress than enjoyment here’s some handy tips for stress management courtesy of Healthy Utah. If you just need to get away for a poor man’s vacation without the stress of incarceration harshing your mellow, marijuana was legalized in Colorado by a 2012 ballot measure, and a state task force there recently green lighted marijuana tourism, a soon to be “bud”ding industry (get it? Eh?) in the state.
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