A three year study by Gallup-Healthways offers some insight into the nature of happiness.
The first U.S. residents’ health and well-being assessment – the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index have published their results after a three-year study. Interviewing one-thousand US citizens every day on their physical health, emotional health, healthy behavior and work environment, the 2010 data suggests that men are in fact, happier than women and that the ‘golden years’ are exactly that – with the elderly statistically happier than the middle-aged.
The New York Times pushed Gallup-Healthways to identify the ‘face’ of the happiest person within the United States based on their research. Reporting;
…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. A few phone calls later and …
Meet Alvin Wong. He 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