Meet Alvin Wong, the happiest man in America

Nadine Bells
Good News
March 10, 2011

The happiest man in America has gone viral.

For three years, Gallup surveyed 1,000 adults a day, quizzing them on their quality of life, plugging the gathered statistics into a good-life formula. The New York Times asked for a statistical composite of the perhaps-hypothetical "happiest person in America."

Gallup returned with this insight: "[H]e'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."

The search was on. And it didn't take long to find Alvin Wong, referred to The Times by his local synagogue in Honolulu. Here's The Times' description.

"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."

Wong, after confirming that the interest in his life wasn't a practical joke, said this to The Times regarding his new title: "My life philosophy is, if you can't laugh at yourself, life is going to be pretty terrible for you."

Not surprisingly — he is expected to be the happiest of happy people, after all — Wong has taken his new celebrity in stride, granting interviews and giving inquiring minds access to his life. (Wong became an overnight star in Bangkok. Happiness makes for a viral sensation.)

Wong recently sat down with The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and shared the secrets to his personal happiness. Watch the video below and take notes. And/or move to Hawaii. Surely "living in paradise" contributes to the happiness factor.