Guest blogger Dani Klein Modisett: I listen to AM talk radio because I am in the car a lot and NPR gives me narcolepsy. Also, I take to heart the expression, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Sometimes, like this morning, I actually learn something.
Dennis Prager, a revered AM host, has this "happiness hour" where every week he dedicates an hour to advising people on how to be happy. I like the way he sounds half-rabbi, half-crazy-uncle. Last week he decided to take on the nation's financial crisis and tell us how to be happy in spite of it.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you all something, more money will make a happy person happier, and an unhappy person more unhappy."
He then elaborated that an unhappy person often thinks that if only he or she had more money, they'd finally really know what happiness is. Then when they get money, BLAMMO, nothing changes. They're still unhappy. That's when they get REALLY unhappy, like they didn't even know what unhappiness was before. At least when they were poor, they still had hope and faith, they hoped they'd be happier when they were rich. They had faith that if only they could get more stuff they'd be happy. But if you get the "stuff" and you're still not happy, that is the ultimate dead end. Then life becomes really unbearable.
Thank you, Dennis Prager, for reminding me that, as much as wish I drove your leather interior car and had your fancy stereo speakers that you go on and on about, I am lucky enough to know what happiness is without them.
|Dani Klein Modisett is the mother of 1-year-old Gideon (pictured) and 5-year-old Gabriel. She is comedy writer/creator/producer of the show "Afterbirth...stories you won't read in Parents magazine." An anthology of stories from this show will be published by St. Martin's Press, in stores in May 2009.|