Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The happiest man in America?

That is what "research" by Gallup / The New York Times states. What do you think?

From The Huffington Post:

"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."

The original New York Times story

Gallup's data on "well being," with methodology at the bottom

An overview of the Well-Being Movement, to measure the health and success of countries and states around the world

Here is another way to think about these kinds of ideas: The Triple Bottom Line, or an accounting system that tallies profits but also environmental and social costs.

Courtesy of GoHuman.com

As Paul Harvey would say, and now, the rest of the story ...

The Story of Stuff 

1 comment:

  1. The happiest man according to the New York Times is Mr.Wong eh - based on an index compiled by a few thousand people surveyed- out of a potential 310,957,264? (http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.htmla)
    hmm, I didn't get a survey. :-(
    Mr Wong may be a happy guy but the happiest? I doubt it.