The Happiest Person in America

Alvin Wong is happier than you — statistically speaking (which brings to mind the old saying, “there are lies, damned lies, and statistics,” but I digress). As ABC News reports, Mr. Wong is the exact statistical composite of the happiest person:

Alvin Wong always considered himself a happy guy.

“I get up in the morning and say, ‘I’m very fortunate. I’m living in Hawaii, doing what I want to do,'” Wong said. But when Wong, 69, learned he is the exact statistical composite of the happiest person in America, he wasn’t sure what to think.

“When The New York Times called and read off all the information about who this person is, I asked if it was a practical joke.”

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the happiest person in America is a tall, Asian-American male 65 or older, a resident of Hawaii who’s married with children, religious (observant Jews score highest), owns a business and earns more than $120,000 a year — in other words, it’s Alvin Wong to a tee.

“A person fitting the happiest profile is likely to have high optimism, good emotional health with little anger, depression, and stress, and no underlying chronic illnesses. This person is likely to eating right and exercise regularly, while working in a supportive environment with good access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, a safe place to exercise, and good access to health care. The person is also likely to be older and better established with enough money to live comfortably,” said John Harris, vice president of Innovations at Healthways…

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  • Ricky Connolly

    So what makes up the UNhappiest person?

  • Ricky Connolly

    So what makes up the UNhappiest person?

    • Butter Knife

      Young, short, poor, non-asian, unmarried, non-religious females residing in places with little sunshine or fresh produce and and high levels of stress, pollution and foul weather, I would assume.

      Having met some girls from South Boston, I can believe that. Heck, looking at that list I feel much better about being a bitter closetcase: I’ve got some good excuses.

      • Ricky Connolly

        Snooki!

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Let’s make him frown!

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Let’s make him frown!

  • Syntactic Sugar

    Asian Noam Chomsky at 0:59.

  • Syntactic Sugar

    Asian Noam Chomsky at 0:59.

  • Butter Knife

    Young, short, poor, non-asian, unmarried, non-religious females residing in places with little sunshine or fresh produce and and high levels of stress, pollution and foul weather, I would assume.

    Having met some girls from South Boston, I can believe that. Heck, looking at that list I feel much better about being a bitter closetcase: I’ve got some good excuses.

  • Ricky Connolly

    Snooki!

  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic Jon Doe

    Just like everything else in physics and psychology: observation changes everything.

  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic John Doe

    Just like everything else in physics and psychology: observation changes everything.

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