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By Kathryn Mayer

Feeling stressed? Here’s a fun solution: Try moving to Hawaii.

Hawaiians were the least likely in the United States to say they felt stressed on any given day in 2012, at 32 percent, according to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. It’s the fifth year in a row in which the Aloha State ranked as the least stressed-out state.

West Virginia residents, on average, were the most likely to report feeling stress, at 47 percent.

Nationwide, about 41 percent of Americans reported feeling stressed “yesterday” in 2012, similar to past years.

The data is based on daily surveys conducted throughout 2012, and encompasses more than 350,000 interviews as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Gallup’s report comes just in time to close out National Stress Awareness Month in April. The month is a national cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress and successful coping strategies. Health care professionals warn that stressed-out people have a higher risk of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

According to Gallup, the states with the least stressed-out residents, aside from Hawaii, are Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa and Wyoming.

The most stressed-out states, following West Virginia, are Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah and Massachusetts.

Lower stress levels also correlate with residents reporting higher levels of enjoyment, the report found.

Hawaiians were also the most likely to have experienced enjoyment "a lot of the day yesterday": about 90 percent of them said they had, compared with 85 percent of Americans overall.

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