Happiness is … some time alone, away from Facebook

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Los Angeles Times

Gallup has found the happiest man in America. Really. Using statistics, they concluded that the following characteristics make for ideal happiness:

He’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.

And, in fact, there is such a person. Continued, from Booster Shots:

Turns out there is one individual who fits the bill: Alvin Wong, 69, a Chinese-American who keeps kosher (he converted to Judaism). And yes, all the other factors check out — including his living in Hawaii, the Gallup-appointed happiest state of them all.

Of course, there are other ways to arrive at happiness. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David would advise against the “stop-and-chat,” as would researchers at the University of Arizona and Washington University in St. Louis. Others would challenge themselves to complain less, and not to complain at all for one week. Op-Ed columnist Meghan Daum would suggest signing off of Facebook, which she feels is the “ultimate performance space” for people itching to brag about their wonderful lives. Those watching on, however, suffer repeated blows to their self-esteem. Such is the topic of her Thursday column, “Do you suffer from Facebook envy?”

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