Nothing More Than Feelings

July 28, 2002

Your mother always told you money can’t buy happiness.  Well, she was wrong.  And economists have calculated the price.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the high cost of happiness.  Also, why we cry: from crocodile tears to the three-hankie movie.  Writer Andrew Solomon’s struggles with the noonday demon, depression.  And scientists unravel the blues by peeking into the brain.

  1. Andrew Solomon on Depression

    Andrew Solomon talks with Steve Paulson about his own experience with depression, and why depressive illness is becoming more common.

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  2. Ned Kalin and Richard Davidson on Brain Activity

    Psychiatrist Ned Kalin and psychologist Richard Davidson have found that cheerful people tend to have more left-brain activity while people with active right brains tend to be sad and pessimistic.

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  3. Andrew Oswald on the Price of Happiness

    Economists at the University of Warwick in England have calculated the price of happiness.  Andrew Oswald tells Steve Paulson that money can buy happiness, but it takes a lot.    

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  4. Jonathan Haidt on Elevation

    Jonathan Haidt talks with Jim Fleming about an often-overlooked emotion - elevation.

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  5. Tom Lutz on the History of Crying

    Tom Lutz tells Jim Fleming that human beings are great  crybabies.  Lutz is the author of “Crying: The Natural & Cultural History of Tears.”

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