author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges
the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t
get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets
us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as
asks, "What makes a life
worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us
happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting
satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow.
Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists
would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and
watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness
-- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.