John Cacioppo says that loneliness is a signal as fundamental to our well-being as hunger and thirst. Robert Kull chose to live completely alone off the coast of Chile for a year. Bill Friskics-Warren conducts a quick trip through some classic songs of loneliness. Thomas Dumm thinks a lonely society can be a dangerous one. Kathleen Norris describes Acedia, a kind of frantic escapism and aversion to other people.
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Jill Bolte Taylor describes her stroke as an unusual path to growth. Richard Davidson is observing contemplatives with a brain scanner. A round-up of some of the latest research into happiness, from economist Richard Layard and psychologists Robert Biswas-Diener and Sonja Lyubormirsky. Satish Kumar says that the secret to a stress-free life is to take it at a walking pace. Richard Schoch believes the way we think about happiness today is a thin, watery version of a deep and complex subject. Al Green has spent his life testifying on stage and in the pulpit to the power of grace, love and happiness.