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December 20, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Latin American countries are among the most upbeat in the world, while Singapore, Armenia and Iraq fall at the bottom in “positive emotions,” according to a Gallup poll released this week. Researchers who surveyed people in 148 countries found that Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador and Venezuela landed at the top when people were asked whether they had smiled, laughed and felt respected, rested and other positive emotions the previous day. In Panama and Paraguay, 85% of those surveyed said they felt such emotions the day before; only 46% said the same in Singapore.
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OPINION
July 9, 2006
Re "Happy? Let's Sum It Up," Column One, July 3 Happiness economics is apparently a legitimate field populated by behavioral scientists as well as those who would write for Forbes magazine. That people in Cuba come in second in happiness to those in our country attests to the fact that happiness unfolds from something other than palatial estates, Humvees, Rolls-Royces and designer everything. As a psychotherapist, I hear people wanting community more than anything in their lives.
NEWS
February 25, 1998
Dennis Prager may be "Mr. Morality" (Feb. 7), but from my experience his morality has holes in it. He says, "God wants us to be happy." He has no compunction about attributing to his god what he considers his own point of view. (The prophet Isaiah says that his god is the creator of woe.) Happiness, unfortunately, must be related to something, and it is happiness for many to cause unhappiness in others. KENNETH H. BONNELL Los Angeles Dennis Prager is a rarity: a talk-show host who doesn't scream, doesn't attempt to titillate or pander to the lowest common denominator.
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.
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