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Happiness demystified

Award-winning comedian, actor, and writer Larry David explains why religious people are happier and reveals two essential elements of happiness.

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Fleeting moment or state of being?

  • America Ferrera
  • America Ferrera, the star of the hit TV series, Ugly Betty, ponders whether happiness is an experience that comes and goes or perhaps is something more lasting.

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The $20M key to happiness

  • Chevy Chase
  • Actor Chevy Chase says that happiness comes and goes, especially if it takes the form of getting $20 million for a picture.

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A cookie with Russy

  • Rev Run
  • Rev Run finds happiness in sharing a cookie with his son.

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Shopping for stress

  • Peter Whybrow, M.D.
  • Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, comments on the effects of our consumer lifestyle. Saying that “(People) have been told somehow that if they gather material goods, they will feel better…in the process of gathering these goods they’ve stressed themselves to the point where they’re extraordinarily anxious, depressed.”

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