The Well-Being Journal

Women's Well-Being: Behind the Series

Jennifer Rudloff

Think you know the happiest woman in America? Well we do! Based on findings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, the Healthways Science Team identified distinct characteristics that contribute to high well-being for America’s largest demographic, Baby Boomer Women. In a four part series – USA Today found ‘the happiest woman in America’ and use her life as an example as they explore what well-being means in work, health, and relationships for this generation of boomers.

I wanted to take some time to dive in to the data behind the series and discuss it's implications and associated action steps for each topic:

If you missed the series in USA Today - be sure to check out the stories:

Meet the happiest woman in America
Learn about work from ‘the happiest woman’
Learn about health from ‘the happiest woman’
Learn about relationships from ‘the happiest woman’

ABC World News also featured this series during 3 nights of their broadcast. Be sure to check out their coverage on well-being and health.

Topics: Healthy Living ABC World News Relationships Well-Being In the News Happiest Woman in America Business Performance Health Well-Being Index Baby Boomers USA Today work life balance Gail Sheehy

Stress in the US: The Well-Being of American Women

Jennifer Rudloff

Recently Healthways and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® were featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. The story titled 'Most Stressed Out' in U.S.? Middle-Aged Women Have Lowest Well-Being, Study Finds focused on the well-being of America’s baby boomer women. These women are balancing the demands of a career, supporting their children, taking care of their aging parents, and finding time for their husbands. These super women really are doing it all but it's taxing on their own well-being.

In conjunction with this broadcast, Nikki Duggan, Director of Well-Being Strategy at Healthways was interviewed and provided an analysis of the data on the theme of “Caregivers: The Well-Being of American Women Ages 45-64.”

Talk about the latest study from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®:

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What were the major findings from this study?

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Is there anything else you'd like to share about this study?

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What can these women do to improve their well-being?

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What's the biggest thing you'd like to note about the Well-Being Index?

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Some Surprising Facts about Caregivers:

  • More than 1 in 6 American workers also act as caregivers
  • Caregiving costs the U.S. economy $25.2 Billion in lost productivity
  • The majority of caregivers say caregiving has at least some impact on their performance at work
  • Annually, 126,222,624 workdays are lost among full-time workers because of caregiving
  • 72% of caregivers say they provide care for a parent
  • 67% say the person is 75 years of age or older
  • The majority (55%) of caregivers said they'd been providing care for 3 or more years.
  • 31% reported care between 1 and 3 years
  • On average, caregivers spend 13 days per month shopping, preparing food, housekeeping, doing laundry, providing transportation, and giving medication.
  • On average, they spend 6 days per month helping the family member/friend they're caring for to eat, dress, groom, walk, bathe, and visit the toilet

These and other facts can be found in a series of articles at

Topics: Healthy Living ABC World News Well-Being In the News Well-Being Index Stress Baby Boomers Wellness Healthways Caretakers