How can I be happier? That's a question so many of us puzzle over. The Aspen Ideas Fest was launched in 2005. Its mission was to bring people together from around the world to discuss the issues that shape our lives and the problems that challenge our times. Here seven people attending the festival in 2015 try to answer that question. The prevailing answer: We don't always need to be happy. There are more important things in life.


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  • Gretchen Rubin has been studying happiness for years. To see what she has found visit her webpage.
  • One of the best ways to cultivate joy is to share it. For ideas on how to make someone happy today look here.
  • The Aspen Institute has a podcast. To learn about more "Big Ideas that will open your mind," click here.

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