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Four in 10 Americans Look Forward to Checking Mail

April 7, 2015 Comments off

Four in 10 Americans Look Forward to Checking Mail
Source: Gallup

In a world of email, texts and social media, 41% of Americans nevertheless look forward to checking what is in their mailbox each day. Americans 65 and older are more likely than younger adults to enjoy checking the mail, but 36% of Americans under 30 also feel this way.

New State Rankings Reveal Top 10 Highest and Lowest Well-Being States

February 20, 2015 Comments off

New State Rankings Reveal Top 10 Highest and Lowest Well-Being States
Source: Gallup/Healthways

New state rankings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® show that, over the seven years that we have been measuring and analyzing well-being, a number of U.S. states have made repeat appearances in the top ten list. Hawaii, which is ranked second this year, and Colorado, which is ranked sixth this year, have made consistent appearances in the top ten list all seven years. Marking its fourth appearance since 2008 on the top ten list, Alaska secured the number one spot for the very first time.

Familiar states also appear among the lowest well-being states. For the sixth consecutive year, West Virginia and Kentucky have the lowest well-being in the United States, ranking 50th and 49th, respectively. Other states that have appeared in the bottom ten all seven years are Arkansas, Ohio and Mississippi.

More Than Six in 10 Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer

December 2, 2014 Comments off

More Than Six in 10 Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer
Source: Gallup

The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be (63%) has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this. Three in 10 Americans say having a gun in the house makes it a more dangerous place.

Americans Serving Their Communities Gain Well-Being Edge

September 2, 2014 Comments off

Americans Serving Their Communities Gain Well-Being Edge
Source: Gallup

Americans who actively work to better their communities have higher overall well-being than those who do not. U.S. adults who agree that they have received recognition for helping to improve their communities in the last year have an average Well-Being Index score of 70.0, while those who disagree have an average of 58.5. Importantly, this relationship between well-being and receiving recognition for community involvement persists even after controlling for the effects of age and income — two factors that are related to higher community well-being.

Forty-Five Percent of Americans Seek Out Organic Foods

August 18, 2014 Comments off

Forty-Five Percent of Americans Seek Out Organic Foods
Source: Gallup

A little less than half of Americans, 45%, actively try to include organic foods in their diets, while 15% actively avoid them. More than a third, 38%, say they “don’t think either way” about organic foods.

Arkansas, Kentucky Report Sharpest Drops in Uninsured Rate; Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate

August 13, 2014 Comments off

Arkansas, Kentucky Report Sharpest Drops in Uninsured Rate; Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate
Source: Gallup

Arkansas and Kentucky lead all other states in the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rate among adult residents since the healthcare law’s requirement to have insurance took effect at the beginning of the year. Delaware, Washington, and Colorado round out the top five. All 10 states that report the largest declines in uninsured rates expanded Medicaid and established a state-based marketplace exchange or state-federal partnership.

In U.S., Veterans Report Less Stress, Worry Than Civilians

July 4, 2014 Comments off

In U.S., Veterans Report Less Stress, Worry Than Civilians
Source: Gallup

Americans may understandably believe that the nation’s veterans are suffering emotionally given news reports of high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mood or anxiety disorders among those who have served in the military. However, Gallup finds that among employed Americans, active-duty and veteran populations are more emotionally resilient than their civilian counterparts.

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