A recent Gallup poll gave a wellbeing index score to each of the states–Hawaii topped the list with a 70.1 and West Virginia (my home state) fell to the bottom with a 61.7. As a sidebar to this poll, The New York Times decided to find the happiest person in America according to Gallup’s demographics. When asked to describe the happiest person, Gallup said, “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.” So, they tracked down Alvin Wong–a man who fits the bill.
Is Alvin Wong the happiest man in America? Who knows. What I found interesting are the measures Gallup used to determine wellbeing or happiness. They include things like emotional health, work environment, physical health and access to necessities like clean water and health care. According to those measures I’m pretty ecstatic.
So what I’m wondering is, how do you measure happiness? Doe it have anything to do with how tall you are? How often you exercise? Or something else entirely?