The Top 10 States With the Highest Well-Being

Find out how your state ranks when it comes to healthy living.

The Top 10 States With the Highest Well-Being

Being healthy doesn’t stop at the physical. How healthy you are (and feel) is a product of your overall well-being, a combination of five different aspects within your life: sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, connection with your community, and physical health. Gallup-Healthways released its 2016 State Well-Being Rankings, which examines how Americans across the nation are thriving within these five pillars. Read on to see if you live in one of the states with the highest well-being, and get the full report here.

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#10: Texas

According to the study, Texans ranked highest in the nation when it came to purpose—which is defined in the study as liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve goals. The state also had a high social well-being, in terms of supportive relationships and feeling loved.

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