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Whoa — surprising facts about happiness from a brilliant guy who spends his life studying it

Ever wonder about the science of happiness? This Harvard professor's here to tell it all.

Whoa — surprising facts about happiness from a brilliant guy who spends his life studying it
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I know it starts off a bit slow, but within three minutes, he's already delivering some shocking data — and explaining why that breakup (or bad grade, or lack of promotion, or fave TV show being canceled) won't be nearly as bad as ya think it will. At 8:10, he 100% accurately reads my mind. And the experiment he describes at 11 minutes in? Totally effing ridiculously cool.


I know there are a lot of factors that influence happiness (or lack thereof), many of which aren't mentioned here. Mental health is complex! And I'm not tryin' to suggest otherwise. But if you're as mesmerized as I am by the science in this talk, maybe you could share it with your friends using the buttons below?

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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