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A New Way to Look at Well-Being

A New Way to Look at Well-Being

After six years of measuring and reporting on well-being and health in the U.S., Gallup and Healthways in January 2014 decided to propel the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index to the next level. In short, we've given the way we measure well-being a thorough makeover. The updated survey reflects countless hours of research conducted by Gallup and Healthways experts to advance the science of well-being. This research increases the power and scope of the Well-Being Index, which now predicts more key health and business outcomes and provides more actionable insights to leaders and individuals than ever before.

The revamped survey includes 27 brand new questions on everything from perceptions of physical appearance to weekly alcohol consumption; from having an inspiring leader to time spent taking vacations with loved ones. We delve into community pride and financial worry as well.

And there should be no cause for worry -- we will still track and report on many of the metrics you have grown accustomed to reading about on throughout the years, including life evaluations, emotional health, chronic conditions, obesity, health insurance, and healthy behaviors. Furthermore, Gallup will still analyze and report on well-being data at the state level each year as part of our popular"State of the States" series and interactive. Our U.S. community well-being series, where we track how your city fares on a variety of well-being metrics, is also here to stay.

The updated Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is organized into five elements of well-being:

  1. Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
  2. Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.
  3. Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
  4. Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community.
  5. Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.

You can read about how Americans are doing on each of these well-being elements today on

The news doesn't stop there. Gallup and Healthways are expanding their well-being research beyond the United States, measuring well-being in 135 countries worldwide. Check back later this summer for updates on our upcoming launch of global well-being data on
We are excited about this new treasure trove of well-being data and the opportunities it gives us to bring you fresh, actionable well-being insights. To make sure you are among the first to get Gallup's well-being articles, sign up for Gallup News alerts.

Read a related article in the Gallup Business Journal, "What Your Workplace Wellness Programs Are Missing."

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