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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index surveyed 1,000 people about their quality of life.Like any good researchers, Gallup asked subjects for their demographics. From these demographics, The New York Times Economix section put together a profile of the happiest person on earth.
It called this fictional person Moishe Chang. But it turns out the criteria did match up with a real person, someone named Alvin Wong (who NYT says is, indeed, very happy).
Here’s what “Moishe Chang,” the happiest fictional person on the planet, and Alvin Wong, look like.
See how you measure up.
According to the Gallup index, men reported being slightly happier than women. They scored 67 out of 100 points; women scored 66.6.
The New York Times attributes this discrepancy to the fact that women have more physical ailments than men. Women scored lower on the physical health index too.
Economix reports Gallup's findings on height and happiness:
'Taller people live better lives, at least on average. They evaluate their lives more favourably, and they are more likely to report a range of positive emotions, like enjoyment and happiness. They are also less likely to report a range of negative experiences, like sadness and physical pain, though they are more likely to experience stress and anger, and if they are women, to worry.'
Tall people are also reportedly smarter than shorter peers.
According to the Gallup survey, senior citizens are living it up. People ages 65+ report being happiest, followed by the under 30 age group.
Psychologists believe there is a correlation between ageing and happiness for one of two reasons: either our brains change chemically over time, or older people have learned to better control their emotions.
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