Happiest man in America: The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

In case you haven’t seen this yet from the NY Times, meet the happiest man in America–as determined by a daily Gallup survey conducted by phone of a 1000 people. Participants are asked about emotional, physical health, work environment, and how they evaluate their lives.


The story explains that the so-called happiest man in America, Alvin Wong, “….is a 5-foot-10, 69-year-old, Chinese-American, Kosher-observing Jew, who’s married with children and lives in Honolulu. He runs his own health care management business and earns more than $120,000 a year.

Reached by phone at his home on Friday (and referred to The Times by a local synagogue), Mr. Wong said that he was indeed a very happy person. He said that perhaps he manages to be the happiest man in America because “my life philosophy is, if you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to be pretty terrible for you.”

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