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NPR’s On Point – Mormon Moment

I think I’ve mentioned before that I go for a walk every day at lunch along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls, Ontario (I work there). I usually listen to a podcast (sports talk show out of Toronto, various NPR shows, or Church-related shows). The other day I listened to an On Point episode from last week called The Mormon Moment. It was quite a good show. Host Tom Ashbrook had 3 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on to talk about how Mormons felt about this “moment” and what it meant to them and the Church. There was time for a few callers, and the questions were respectful. Unfortunately, many of the comments on the On Point web site are not.

If you have some time or like to listen to podcast while walkin/running or driving to work, you should definitely check it out.

Mapping Happiness

This post is a little old, but back in February On Point, the NPR show out of WBUR in Boston had a show called Mapping Happiness. It talked about how we may or not be “wired” for happiness.

By guest host Jane Clayson:

So much has been written about the search for happiness — in songs and poems and countless self-help books — much of it straight from the heart.

But it turns out there’s also a science of happiness, and in her new book a psychologist lays out the cold, hard facts, based on decades of research.

Did you know you have a happiness “set point”? What do you really need to be happy?

Her book is part science, part self-help, with questionnaires and exercises. We’ll give it a try.

This hour, On Point: mapping happiness

· Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of Riverside and author of “The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want”
· Eric Wilson, professor of English at Wake Forest University and author of “Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy”

It was a very interesting show, and it made me wonder about the “men are that they might have joy” scripture and just how interesting it can be sometimes to hear the way that science and religion explain things differently.