Video: Times' Happiest Man in America - Alvin Wong - an Orthodox Jew in Hawaii

Is the happiest man in America, Alvin Wong, Jewish? Yes, he is an Orthodox Jew.

However, we think we are happier than Alvin Wong, and that he is at best the second happiest man in America. We offer to arm wrestle Mr. Wong for the title. (C'mon, don't we look happy in the picture?)

Here is the followup summary from Huff Post on the Times' original article. When we read that, we nearly fell down laughing.
Last week, Gallup published its annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, leading The New York Times on a search to find the person who fit the exact demographic specifications. Enter Alvin Wong, who they quickly labeled the happiest man in America.
Only days later, he's gone viral.
The New York Times reports that Mr. Wong has become a bit of a sensation. He's "gone viral" in Thailand, according to family, with international publications itching for an interview.
The Times selected Mr. Wong after asking Gallup, which interviews thousands of Americans to create the index, what the demographic make-up of the happiest person in America might look like.
Their answer:
[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.
Here's a video interview with The Honolulu Star-Advertiser:


David Aigner said...

I believe the gentleman in the photo does look happier indeed!

George said...

I actually see a strong resemblance between the your picture and Mr. Wong. Are you two related? :-)