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Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change by Michelle Gielan

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THE VALUE OF BROADCASTING HAPPINESS

I am a happiness researcher. But I didn’t start out that way.

In fact, I am a computer engineer with a specialty in electrical engineering and systems architecture—who just wanted to be on TV.

My dream was to become a network news anchor broadcasting from New York City. The reality is that you don’t start your career in New York. You start anywhere they’ll take you.

Realizing that, I sent one-hundred fifty tapes to news stations around the country. I got one call.

“Bienvenidos á El Paso!” I heard on the other end of the line, and I packed my bags for Texas. I worked such an awesome schedule there; it led me to ponder some deep philosophical questions, including: If you start your newscast at 3 A.M., do you ...

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