For the fourth consecutive year, residents of Hawaii rank among the happiest and healthiest in the nation, according to a new study. The annual Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index ranks states based on the wellbeing of their residents in six different categories: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. Hawaiians scored the highest for overall well being, earning the top spot in three categories: life evaluation, emotional health and work environment. West Virginia landed at the bottom of the rankings, earning the lowest scores for overall well being and in the category of emotional health. Since we can't all move to paradise (even though we might like to), here are some ways to take your relationship to Hawaii — without actually going there.
1. Enjoy what nature has to offer together.
The Hawaiian islands are famous for their warm climate, picturesque beaches and volcanos — and local residents cherish the island's natural treasures. Plan a romantic date with your partner that takes advantage of the natural topography in your own home state to boost your feelings of tranquilty and serenity. Whether you're walking along the shoreline, picnining on the banks of a creek, or hiking through the mountains, these activities are bound to bring you together. Live in a big city? Talk a walk through a city park or plan a day trip to your nearest state park. Find your nearest state park.
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Not far behind Hawaii at the top of the list for overall well being are Colorado, Minnesota, Utah and Vermont. These states all have a high percentage of residents who consumed more than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Challenge each other to consumer more fruits and vegetables and take turns preparing healthy, romantic meals in the kitchen. If you really want to feel like you're in Hawaii, add some pineapple to your veggie stir fry or sip on some coconut water. Is Your Guy Kitchen Shy? How to Turn Him Into Top Chef
3. Make love, not war, to de-stress.
Hawaiians notably experienced the least amount of worry or stress, a trait that enabled them to top the list of emotional well being. We know from George Clooney in the movie The Descendants that even life in paradise isn't always paradise, and even Hawaiians expereince stress from life's trials and tribulations. Rather, what's important is that you and your partner are taking steps to manage your stress levels in a healthy way. Studies show that engaging in physical intimacy is a great way to de-stress. Alternatively, consider trying a couples yoga session or hit the gym together. Keep Reading ...
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