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America’s Well-Being Continues to Edge Up

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ collective well-being was slightly higher this June than it was throughout the summer of 2008 — prior to the economic collapse — and significantly higher than in late 2008 and early 2009. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index composite score of 66.8 for June represents year-over-year improvement from June 2008 and also comes close to the Index’s all-time high of 67, recorded in February of last year.


With June’s 66.8 reading, the Well-Being Index has recorded four straight months of improvement. The Index is composed of six sub-indexes, covering life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment, and access to basic necessities. After it dropped significantly following the onset of the financial crisis last fall, the Well-Being Index score remained relatively low for several months before approaching pre-crisis levels again in April 2009.

The uptick in the Well-Being Index’s national composite score in April and May of this year was propelled primarily by a sizable rebound in the Life Evaluation sub-index. The continued increase in the overall Index in June reflects not only sustained improvement in Life Evaluation, but also positive change across each of the other five sub-indexes.


July 10, 2009 - Posted by | Cost, healthcare, quality | , , ,

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