What Makes Us Happy?

Happiness is one of those things that no one really seems to be able to define. But we all know we want it, whatever it is. So what is the ultimate key to happiness? Is it money? And if it is, are there ways we can make money without quitting our job or ever leaving the comfort of our own home?

Kristin Whiting is a former television producer who turned her passion for designer clothing into big bucks. And all she had to do was look in some very strange places.

“My daughter is going to go to college one sweater at a time.” -Kristin Whiting

Next, a story about very sweet success. What started as a Sunday tradition in Betty Hinton’s kitchen – mounds of delicious, buttery cakes and pies – has turned into mounds of cash. Norrinda Brown Hayat is a lawyer-turned-dessert maker, and while working alongside her mother, Linda, and grandmother, Betty, she’s been able to bring in some very sweet profits.

“I loved home, and family, and baking was so much a part of that”- Norrinda Brown Hayat

Think you don’t have the time or talent to become an entrepreneur like Kristin or Norrinda? Well, personal financial expert Farnoosh Torabi says there are a lot of ways you can make money without looking for a new job.

“You want to obviously follow your passion but you also want to be practical.” -Farnoosh Torabi

One website, TaskRabbit, will pay you for running errands for other people in your neighborhood. Katie decided to go head-to-head with her assistant, Meredith, in a race for cash to see who could make the most money in the shortest amount of time.

“A singing telegram…really?!” -Katie

Can you be hardwired for happiness? Are some people just born that way, as Lady Gaga might say? Or are there ways to truly turn a frown upside down? Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California Riverside and author of “The How of Happiness” and Gretchen Rubin, author of the 2009 number one New York Times bestseller, “The Happiness Project,” joined Katie to tell us what happiness really is all about.

“What makes me happy is different from what makes you happy.” -Sonja Lyubomirsky

Is money the key to happiness? The answer isn’t as simple as you might expect. Michael Norton is a professor at the Harvard Business School and the author of the upcoming book, “Happy Money.”

“There’s not a magic number.” -Michael Norton


Let’s Talk: What would make you happy?

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Behind-the-Scenes with Kristin & Scout:

Resources: How To Make Money Online

Web Extra: The Happiness Project

What Makes Grouchy New Yorkers Happy?:

One Good Deed: How I Found Happiness – Today’s Katie Crew Blogger

Did you know spending money on others makes you happy? DonorsChoose.org gave everyone in the audience a gift card. Click here to find out how you can donate.

After The Show: Audience Q&A

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