The unhappiest person

Andrew Sullivan writes:

Catherine Rampell profiled Alvin Wong, “the American who fits all the demographic characteristics associated with happiness.” Curious readers asked Rampell “who would be the least happy person in America based on Gallup’s data.”

The answer:

Statistically speaking, the least happy American would be a 4’10”, middle-aged Muslim woman without children who is separated from her husband and earns under $12,000 a year. She’s also an unemployed manufacturing worker in West Virginia.

As with many Internet tidbits, my first instinct was a wry chuckle. It was followed quickly by guilty sadness. Some people have it very, very hard.