HAPPY, JOY, JOY
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Here's the bad news. You can get the thing you most
want - a BMW, the winning lottery ticket, and you still won't be
any happier. The good news? You can survive the most devastating
catastrophes and you'll be back on your feet in less time than you
think. Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, the science
of happiness. Also, a conversation with Mexican author Guillermo
Arriaga on his screenplay "21 Grams," the accident that
changed his life forever, and his quest for hope in the midst of
death and despair. And, a history of the smile.
Dave Myers teaches psychology at Hope University.
He tells Jim Fleming humans are terrible at predicting what will
make them happy and seem to be much more resilient than they give
themselves credit for. Also, Angus Trumble is Curator of Painting
and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, and is the author
of A Brief History of the Smile. He tells Steve Paulson
that the Julia Roberts-style toothy grin in a recent fashion that
would have seemed improper centuries ago. People hid their teeth
before good nutrition and dental hygiene became common.
Gregg Easterbrook tells Anne Strainchamps
about The Progress Paradox, which is also the title of
his book. It's the idea that Americans' lives have improved by
every objective measure, but we don't feel any better off than
our parents. Everyone seems to think that living well requires
twice the income they have - no matter how much they earn.
Mexican writer Guillermo Arriaga is best
known in the States for his screenplays. He wrote "Amores
Perros" and the critically acclaimed "21 Grams."
From his home in Mexico City, Arriaga tells Steve Paulson where
the story idea for "21 Grams" came from, and why it
was so interesting to have a religious man direct a film written
by an atheist that deals with topics like the meaning of life
and the afterlife. Also, Lorne Ladner is a psychologist,
a practicing Buddhist and the author of The Lost Art of Compassion.
He tells Jim Fleming that accepting the inevitability of one's
own death leads a person to truly appreciate living while you
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-02-22-B.
- Guillermo Arriaga, 21
Grams (faber and faber)
- Gregg Easterbrook, The
Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
- Lorne Ladner, The Lost Art of Compassion
- Angus Trumble, A Brief
History of the Smile (Basic Books)
- -Shiny Happy People/ REM/ Out of Time/ Warner Bros.
- -If It Makes You Happy/ Sheryl Crow/ Sheryl Crow/
A M Records
- -When You're Smiling/ Louis Prima/ Capitol Collectors
- -Rockestra Theme/The Duane Eddy Anthology Disc
2/ Rhino -Arroyo/California Guitar Trio/ Pathways/DMG
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