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    Default The Happiest Man in America

    Discovered: The Happiest Man in America
    By CATHERINE RAMPELL
    March 5, 2011
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    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.

    It’s part of an effort to measure the components of “the good life.” The responses are plugged into a formula, called the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and then sorted by geographic area and other demographic criteria. The accompanying maps show where well-being is highest and lowest around the country.

    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. Men, for example, tend to be happier than women, older people are happier than middle-aged people, and so on.

    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. A few phone calls later and ...

    Alvin Wong and his wife, Trudy Schandler-Wong.

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    This article is just silly, but I thought perhaps TypoCers might find some of the data gathered and the multimedia infographics interesting

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    64 year old women can be sad?

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    Looks like it's time to move to Wyoming. Hawai`i might be a bit more difficult.

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    My area of the state was rated happy?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    My area of the state was rated happy?!?
    They don't know any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    They don't know any better.
    They probably did the survey in a cash advance on the first friday of the month
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    They probably did the survey in a cash advance on the first friday of the month
    Mad Dog 20/20 on me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Mad Dog 20/20 on me!
    *pulls out a pack of grape flavored cigarellos*
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    The Southeast=depressed, doesn't learn. The midwest is the opposite. I'm surprised at how stark all of this is...wow, in every way you look at it, the Southeast is doing so horribly! No dentists, tons of smoking... and apparently there's a VERTICAL LINE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY separating those who exercise and those who don't. Wow.

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    I'm in an awesome location!!!

    (honestly, you really do notice the difference, particularly health/exercise-wise, compared to farther east.)
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