Gallup: Rhode Islanders 10th most-stressed in the countryMay 31st, 2011 at 1:04 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
In 2010, 41% of Rhode Islanders said they’d felt stressed during the previous day, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. That was the 10th-highest stress level in the country, below No. 9 New Hampshire (41.1%) but above No. 11 Washington (40.9%).
On the bright side, fewer Rhode Islanders felt harried in 2010 than during the previous two years – 42.7% reported being stressed in 2009 and 41.6% reported it in 2008.
Hawaiians were the least stressed in 2010 for the third year in a row, with only 30.2% feeling that way, according to Gallup. Utah residents reported the highest stress level – 45.1% – and Massachusetts was No. 5, at 42.6%. Americans’ average stress level was 39.4%, with the Northeast and West among the higher-level regions.
Here’s how Gallup described its overall findings:
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index state data underscore that stress is a complex emotion that is likely related to numerous life issues. …
That finances and health aren’t the only determinants of Americans’ stress levels reveals that earning more money or being in great physical shape doesn’t necessarily protect against all of life’s stressors. Family and career issues likely play a large role in individuals’ daily stress levels.
That stress levels did not increase much during the recession provides additional evidence that Americans’ definition of stress goes beyond economic experiences. Still, further investigation into what drives stress and how stress affects people is needed as nearly 40% of American adults consistently report experiencing it a lot of the day “yesterday.”