Index: Indiana among lowest well-being states

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — When it comes to being happy and healthy, Alaska is the best, while West Virginia is the worst.

That’s according to this year’s Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The index is based on more that 176,000 phone interviews with people from all 50 states.

It measures how people feel about their daily lives and overall health.

Hawaii, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana finished just behind Alaska as best for well-being.

Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio joined West Virginia at the bottom. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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