Meet America's Happiest Person
Alvin Wong fits Gallup's happiness profile to a T
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 7, 2011 9:15 AM CST
Updated Mar 13, 2011 6:48 AM CDT
The New York Times has tracked down America's happiest man.   (?Candie_N)

(Newser) – Using Gallup data as a guide, the New York Times has sniffed out the happiest person in America—and he has confirmed his good cheer. Every day for three years, Gallup has called 1,000 random Americans and asked them questions related to their quality of life, and its findings suggest a complex recipe for happiness: Try being tall, Asian-American, married with kids, over 65, Jewish, and living in Hawaii. You’ll also need to run your own business, and pull in more than $120,000 yearly. The Times managed to track down a man who fits the bill: Alvin Wong.

He’s a 5-foot 10-inch, 69-year-old Chinese-American living in Honolulu who keeps Kosher and makes more than $120,000 by running a heath care management firm. How does he stay happy? “My life philosophy is, if you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to be pretty terrible for you,” he says. But “this is a practical joke, right?” Click to see a photo of Wong, or meet the world's most typical person—who is also Chinese.

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YetAnotherCollegeKid
Mar 16, 2011 3:18 AM CDT
As a 6'1" man, I look down on you, Alvin Wong.
ropers59
Mar 8, 2011 5:59 AM CST
You do not have to be tall and rich to be happy. I am 5' 6" tall, a little overweight and live basically from payday to payday but I love everyday of my life and the people I am around.
myflap.blow
Mar 7, 2011 1:17 PM CST
see! this is how socialism and communism starts! Who the hell would want to be guaranteed only 120k every year and end up completely happy? fuck that. Rich people need to make even more so i can be poorer. Thats capitalism. I got my bootstraps. What else do ya need? Certainly no system that appropriately blends the best of all systems so it's fair enough for everybody... then what worth would it be falling out of the right vagina?