The Happiest Man in America

The Happiest Man, Alvin Wong

For the last three years, Gallup has called 1,000 randomly selected American adults each day and asked them about their emotional status, work satisfaction, eating habits, illnesses, stress levels and other indicators of their quality of life.

The New York Times asked Gallup to come up with a statistical composite for the happiest person in America, based on the characteristics that most closely correlated with happiness in 2010.

Gallup’s answer: he’s a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year.

Alvin Wong is the happiest man in America!  He’s 5-foot-10, 69 years old, Chinese-American, married with children, living in Honolulu, owns a health care management business, makes over $120,000 a year, and yes, he’s Jewish and keeps kosher.

Marty thought Yaz was the Happiest Man on the earth.  Last month, we took Seattle’s Happiness survey to explore our own level of happiness.  It turned out Yaz is NOT the happiest man!  He is 5-foot-8, 34 years old, Japanese, married with no children, living in Woodinville, a podcast producer, makes no money, and he is not Jewish.

You can help Yaz.  Now we are running the “YAZ FUN-D-RIVE 2011” campaign to lift his financial status, and thereby lift his spirits.  For everyone who contributes $25 or more, we’ll send you a free copy (how is that free exactly?) of LIVE FROM THE MOLDY BASEMENT VOLUME 1.

(New York Times)