Passion Party #351 - The Happiest Man In America
but are you REALLY happy?
On a scale of 100,
is your sense of "well-being" above 90?
Gallup.com (the people known for predicting US election results)
have, for the last three years, been surveying Americans to measure "the good life".
According to an article in the NY Times, this formula (called the Gallup-Healthways Well- Being Index) asks questions about emotional status, work satisfaction, eating habits, income, stress level and other indicators of the quality of life.
If you take a statistical composite for the 2010 Happiest Person in America, what does this person look like?
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 more than $120,000 a year.
A few phone calls later, and the NY Times reporter was speaking to Alvin Wong in Honolulu...
To see the article go here
To see more raw data on the study, go to
As for me, I just have to wait a few years, move to Honolulu and become Asian...