How important to your longevity is your sense of well-being in your community? A new study in Health Affairs, November 2016 suggests that it is very important. The research identified components of well-being including physical health, emotional health, life satisfaction, optimism and sense of security. The authors found that communities with higher well-being scores also had higher life expectancy after controlling for poverty, education and race. Life expectancy in the 3,000 counties studied varied for women, from 73 to 85 years and for men, from 64 to 82 years of age. Read a summary or see the study at Arora, A., Spatz, E., Herrin, J., Riley, C., Roy, B., Kell, K., Coberley, C., Rula, E., & Krumholz, H.M. (2016). Population Well-Being Measures Help Explain Geographic Disparities In Life Expectancy At The County Level. Health Affairs (Millwood), 1;35(11):2075-2082. PubMed PMID: 27834249.