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HEALTH
April 4, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Picture potato chips or chocolate - or any food you feel you can't resist. Chances are, your brain associates this food with a promise of happiness, says Kelly McGonigal, psychology instructor at Stanford University. But foods we have little control around act like the elusive carrot on a stick: The more we eat, the more we want. We never feel we have enough because the promise of reward is always in front of us - if only we eat one more, then another, and soon we're left with crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Yet the longing remains.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1992
So now let me get this straight: Lee Ezell is saying that, because she was raped and forced to have the child, therefore all women who are raped (and all girls, too, apparently) should also be forced to bear any children with whom they are thus forced to become pregnant. Wow! I am very happy that Ms. Ezell has found happiness with her daughter. But her happiness does not give her or any other anti-choice zealots the right to force any other women or girls to bear unwanted children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1985
You are quite right pointing out in your editorial that cancer patients should not avoid medical treatments and rely on positive thinking alone. But let's not put down good feelings and happiness in the process of discounting pop psychology and folklore. Cancer patients' bodies are being attacked insidiously, causing profound physical changes as well as changes in behavior and self-esteem. We all choose how we feel emotionally and if cancer victims can choose to be happy, how much better they, and the people around them, will feel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1996
Like hundreds of other area residents, I start my day with The Times and a cup of coffee. Friday's [March 15] front page had such an impact on me, throughout the day, I wanted to share it. All three photographs spoke of love and compassion for those who hurt or for happiness, showing no age, color, religious or ethnic lines drawn. Thank you. HELEN L. ROBERTSON Woodland Hills
BUSINESS
October 15, 1995
Reading Robert Eisner's article and letter ("Should Government Be Made Smaller--or Just Made Better?" and "Senators Missed Point on Social Security," Sept. 17) deepened my worry about the future of capitalism. While I am grateful for the benefits delivered to me by capitalism, I do not make the mistake of concluding that happiness now predicts happiness later. What about life 120 years from now--assuming we have an interest in the lives of our great-grandchildren's great-grandchildren?
HEALTH
March 17, 2012 | Jeannine Stein
We know filmmaker David Lynch for the dark surrealism of "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet," "Inland Empire" and "Twin Peaks," as well as for his deep, abiding love of coffee. Lynch is also passionate about transcendental meditation, which he first took up "on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning" in 1973. That passion spawned a book, "Catching the Big Fish," and the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Lynch spoke about what TM means for him and why others should try it too. Catch the longer podcast at latimes.com/davidlynch.
HEALTH
September 8, 2008 | Marnell Jameson, Special to The Times
Happiness, and finding more of it, has been on the minds of Adam and Kelly Radinsky for about a year now. The couple, who are married and live in Topanga Canyon with their two children, had a strong hunch that being happier was within reach. They read up on the subject and took action. "I was the classic stressed-out lawyer, but that's changed, said Adam, 46, a deputy city attorney for Santa Monica, "I don't want to say this miracle happened overnight, but I'm noticeably happier today than I was six months ago."
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