Naples Healthiest, Happiest City In The Nation

Posted by Aqua | March 6, 2016

It’s hard to be humble when you’re number one.
In the recently released Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Rankings, Naples and nearby Marco Island and Immokalee came out on top.ThinkstockPhotos-100852028
“Naples is a high well-being place,” Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, told The Today Show “People in Naples really like their communities.”
“Since 2008, Gallup and Healthways have partnered to understand the well-being of both individuals and populations,” according to ‘Wellbeing’ is a concept that captures the important aspects of how people feel about and experience their daily lives, in other words, well-being encompasses more than physical health or economic indicators. Together, we measure and study wellbeing so we can act efficiently and effectively to improve it in individuals, for organizations and across geographies.
“Today, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is the most proven, mature and comprehensive measure of well-being in the world. Measuring wellbeing gives leaders a unique perspective on where their populations are and where they can be, information that is vital to inform well-being improvement strategies. Improving well-being has been shown to lower healthcare costs and increase worker productivity, in turn enhancing organizational and community competitiveness.”
The report measures how residents feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose in 190 U.S. cities, according to Today.
“Residents there (the Naples area) have the lowest levels of stress in the country, report little depression and eat healthy on a daily basis, the report found. Many of them like their daily activities and enjoy an intellectually lively culture, telling interviewers they learn or do something interesting every day.
“It doesn’t hurt that the city is affluent, Witters said. But while well-being goes up with income, it’s not beholden to it, he added.”
The other places in the top five were:
Salinas, Calif.
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton
Fort Collins, Colo.
Barnstable Town, Mass.