Out of all 50 states, Hawaii’s residents live the longest — an average of 81.3 years (according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In addition to inspiring sunsets and frequent toes-in-the-sand moments, let’s explore some reasons why Hawaii residents live longer, are less stressed and have a general sense of happiness for life.
When residents of Hawaii say “Hawaiian Time” and “Hawaiian Style”, they’re referring to a laid-back approach to day to day activities. Being a little late is the norm. Not letting little things bother you is the norm. Wearing comfortable light-weight clothing and shoes (“Slippahs”) is the norm. According to a 2013 Gallup Pole, “Hawaiian residents are the least likely to feel stressed on any given day”.
Seniors are Treated Better
Hawaii is very much a multi-generational environment. Elders are respected and often revered as part of the social culture. For example, there is a concept called “Family Hang Back” that applies to potluck social gatherings. FHB means that kupuna (elders) are invited to go through buffet lines first so that they have first choice of offerings and can go at their own pace.
With the ability to grow garden vegetables and fruits year-round, Hawaii residents are at no shortage for access to healthy, organic foods to eat. Farmers markets are popular and often considered social gathering opportunities. Here in Waimea on the Big Island, we have no less than 4 Farmer’s Markets each week, all within a mile of town center.
It goes without saying that “Seasonal Affective Disorder — SAD” is nonexistent in Hawaii. Beyond that, Hawaii residents are blessed with consistently warm, sunny weather. Trade winds are frequent and help to keep air fresh and clean. Spending time in the sun provides a good dose of Vitamin D. And, it’s a lot easier to engage in physical exercise when you’re not limited by the weather. Add lush, tropical greenery and white, black and green sand beaches to the mix — and the combination makes for healthy, happy bodies and minds.