I'm not happy.
I'm often too anxious to be happy. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe it made me try harder in school and work.
Charles de Gaulle was once asked, "Are you happy?" He answered, "What do you take me for, an idiot?"
I know what he meant. Maybe my unhappiness led me to try harder and that earned me my own TV show.
John Adams calmly asserted that, ‘Upon this point all speculative politicians will agree that happiness of society is the end of Government ...' The concept of happiness and the word itself appear again and again in Revolutionary sermons, pamphlets and tracts.
So tonight, with the help of my guests, we'll try to unlock the mysteries of happiness.
British economist Philip Booth and George Mason University professor Chris Coyne published separate studies for the Institute of Economic Affairs that asks the same question: can government make us happy?
Stephen Post will talk about how charitable work makes the givers happy.
Tonight, we'll try to unravel the secrets to happiness.