69-year-old Alvin Wong of Honolulu, Hawaii got a call a few days ago. It was from the "New York Times".  They wanted to tell Alvin some good news. Based on a gigantic, nationwide study, he's statistically the HAPPIEST person in America.

His response was, quote, "This is a practical joke, right?"

But it wasn't.  Gallup just finished a year-long study on the well-being of Americans, and in the process they found the characteristics that make up the happiest person in America.  And Alvin Wong might just be the only person with ALL of them.

Based on how different groups rated their well-being, the happiest person in the U.S. is male, tall, Asian-American, an observant Jew, living in Hawaii, married with kids, over 65, a business owner and making over $120,000.

Alvin is all of those.  He's 5-foot-10, 69 years old, Chinese-American, married with children, living in Honolulu, owns a health care management business, makes over $120,000 a year…and yes, he's Jewish and keeps kosher.

There aren't very many Chinese Jews…and come to think of it, there aren't many Asian-Americans OR Jews who break the 5-foot-10 mark…so Alvin really is one-of-a-kind.

The "Times" got Alvin's name from a synagogue in Hawaii.  After he finally believed they weren't messing with him, he told them he IS happy, quote, "my life philosophy is 'if you can't laugh at yourself, life is going to be pretty terrible for you."

(New York Times)

Here's a photo of Alvin with his wife, Trudy: