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That juicy state of happiness

For Alanis Morissette, happiness is a temporary but "juicy" state.

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Life's a rigged game

  • Roz Chast
  • Cartoonist Roz Chast claims that life is a "rigged game" and wonders if happiness is even possible.

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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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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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Meditation and kindness

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette explains how meditation makes her a kinder and more loving person.

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The space between your thoughts

  • Richard Gere
  • Actor Richard Gere ponders his personal philosophy of meditation. He talks about the value of using meditation to find the personal space between our thoughts.

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