Previous posts have highlighted happiness, the velocity of life, ethics and environmental factors as important characteristics of healthy destinations. Now a new analysis of Gallup poll data by researchers at Cambridge University isolates another key to health and happiness: tolerance. Working with data from 380,000 Americans polled in 2008, the Cambridge team found that “inclusiveness”—tolerance of bohemian and alternative lifestyles—raised the happiness index significantly in many states, including three that made the top ten: California, Minnesota and Massachusetts. It seems freedom of expression and lower pressure to conform give people the chance to pursue and perhaps fulfill their own definition of happiness. Health and well-being seem to walk hand-in-hand with a tolerant approach to life. Do you agree?


About The Author

Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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