I read this in the Huffington Post last week-
"According to a Gallup poll released today, the United States has shown almost no improvement in well-being in the past five years, increasing slightly from 2011 when Americans reported the most miserable scores since the survey began. The top and bottom states have also remained nearly the same. West Virginia, which received the lowest well-being score in 2012, has routinely been in the bottom two, and Hawaii ranked highest for the fourth year in a row."
The article goes on to detail how our state residents have the highest life expectancy in the country (based largely on the increased amount of exercise our residents do), and that we reportedly laugh more and feel happier.
This article couldn't have come at a better time. We're between trips right now, and I'm definitely feeling the itch to leave. Lately I've been borrowing a lot of travel books, dreaming of faraway places, and have already started packing for our trip in...mid-April. Yikes...can we say 'island fever'?
Reading the article reminded me that my wanting to leave the island is not because I don't love Hawaii...I do. Very much so. I'm not being drawn away from Hawaii so much as I'm simply just being drawn to the excitement of other places. Moreover, part of the reason I have such wanderlust is because my home is such a place of beauty and serenity that I crave the craziness of other places. Hawai'i grants me the strength, curiosity and courage to explore, and then gently welcomes me back into her peaceful embrace once I'm done.
Hawai'i no ka oi.