Hawai'i is, yet again, named by Gallup as the top location for well-being.
And it's no surprise!
When we hear someone mention Hawai’i, most of us are mentally engulfed with tropical imagery, lazy pool days, abundant flora and fauna, wind in our hair, beautiful beaches, and crystal-clear waters. The incredible scenery, the ever-present tradition and culture, the vibrant sunrises and sunsets, and awaiting adventures: what could be more perfect? If this doesn’t define ‘paradise’ – then I clearly do not know what does. But there is even more to this tropical destination than its physical beauty.
The Aloha State topped Gallup’s National Health and Well-Being Index with residents reporting the highest scores on how they feel about their health, relationships, careers, finances and their communities over anyone else in the country.
According to the infamous Gallup polls, Hawai’i has landed the NUMBER ONE spot for the 7th year since the well-being polls initially started back in 2008. In fact, Hawai’i and Colorado are the only states to make it into the Top 10 every year! “Hawaii topped all states in three elements in 2018, leading the U.S. in career, social and financial wellbeing. Hawaii is also the only state to be among the top-ranked states in all five elements,” states Gallup’s Dan Witters.
Does this really come as a surprise to anyone?
"Improving and sustaining high wellbeing is vital to any population's overall health and to its economy," Witters wrote. "Prior research has shown that high wellbeing closely relates to key health outcomes such as lower rates of healthcare utilization, workplace absenteeism and workplace performance, reduction in obesity status, and the new occurrence of chronic diseases."
After all, well-being can have an impact on businesses. As Gallup has reported, prospering employees have 41% lower health-related costs ($2,993 per person) to an employer, compared with workers who are struggling. That alone creates an additional $30 million for every 10,000 employees. Plus, workers reporting higher well-being were also associated with higher employee engagement and less turnover.
Even more, SMS, the "go to" research and consulting company in Hawaii, states that their well-being index is a great way to help the communities of the islands better understand the differences between each other and how to make even more improvements. “As programs are implemented, key metrics can track community-level changes, programs improved, and over time, higher levels of well-being achieved,” states their website, smshawaii.com.
Bill Carlson, founder of Hawaiian Healing Skin Care understands the importance of the islands and the multitude of the island’s many natural wonders. This is why he takes his relationships with vendors on the islands very seriously. It is with their hard work, dedication, and quality of products that make up the formulations in his Hawaiian skincare line. He not only wants to bring more attention to the islands, but to provide economic growth by purchasing from local farmers/growers/beekeepers, using sustainable packaging, donating to several local organizations, and more- all the while providing those of us who aren’t in Hawai’i to benefit from ingredients that we’d otherwise have no access.