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Maddocks: Finding happiness and shin splints

By Phil MaddocksFriday, February 11, 2005

The good news is we have the power to increase our happiness. The bad news is the means to the end sounds about as joyful and pleasant as grinding out the last mile of a marathon.
That seems to be the message, at any rate, out of the positive-psychology movement, which supports its argument with research that supposedly shows it is possible to raise your level of happiness in much the way you improve the tone of your muscle tone or the shape of your waistline.
In other words, by watching Oprah, or at least by imitating what she does.
"I'll quote Oprah here, which I don't normally do," said one psychologist when asked if it was possible that daily exercises such as


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