Oct 24, 2022
8 Ways Vitality Influences the Way People Feel, Live and Work

The experiences of the past few years significantly impacted health and well-being at home, at work, and in our communities. We have the opportunity to reset and pursue a more dynamic, substantive approach to whole person health – one that focuses on vitality.

Vitality is the capacity to pursue life with health, strength and energy, and our research demonstrates the critical role it plays in quality of life. Utilizing our proprietary Evernorth Vitality Index, we surveyed more than 10,000 U.S. adults to explore the relationship between vitality, health and productivity – the largest study of its kind ever conducted. 

The Evernorth Vitality Index gives us the ability to better understand health and well-being as they truly exist: composed of multiple, interdependent, dynamic dimensions. It accounts for eight dimensions of health that include financial, physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, and occupational.  A person's ability to make their own choices and be in control of their life across those dimensions – known as one’s autonomy, competency, and relatedness – impacts their vitality.


The data suggests that vitality is a catalyst for growth, and that when vitality is considered, cared for and strengthened, it can help people achieve the healthiest versions of themselves and inspire a ripple effect that can fuel healthier, more engaged families, workplaces and communities. We've visualized some of the key findings from the research below.

1. A combined 82% of U.S. adults are experiencing low and medium vitality, with less than one in five reporting high vitality.


2. Generation Z adults aged 18-24 experience lower vitality than all other age groups.


3. Adults who identify as LGBTQ+ have dramatically lower vitality levels than heterosexual adults.


4. People with lower income and less education report significant obstacles to vitality and well-being across the eight dimensions of health.


5. Adults with chronic conditions who have high vitality feel they are better equipped to manage their health, and are more likely to have seen a specialist in the last year.


6. People with high vitality who are employed are most likely to be in the 35-44 age group. Data shows their families and relationships lend themselves to positive social well-being.


7. People who are employed with high vitality overwhelmingly “feel connected with people” at work and have strong relationships with their managers.




8. Industries that skew white collar tend to have the highest vitality, with finance and technology workers experiencing some of the highest levels.




Elderly couple happy and full of vitality

Read the Report: The State of Vitality in the United States

We used the Evernorth Vitality Index to survey more than 10,000 adults across the U.S. – the largest study ever done on vitality and health.

Read the full findings