Happiness is one of those things that no one really seems to be able to define. But we all know we want it, whatever it is. So what is the ultimate key to happiness? Is it money? And if it is, are there ways we can make money without quitting our job or ever leaving the comfort of our own home?
Kristin Whiting is a former television producer who turned her passion for designer clothing into big bucks. And all she had to do was look in some very strange places.
“My daughter is going to go to college one sweater at a time.” -Kristin Whiting
Next, a story about very sweet success. What started as a Sunday tradition in Betty Hinton’s kitchen – mounds of delicious, buttery cakes and pies – has turned into mounds of cash. Norrinda Brown Hayat is a lawyer-turned-dessert maker, and while working alongside her mother, Linda, and grandmother, Betty, she’s been able to bring in some very sweet profits.
“I loved home, and family, and baking was so much a part of that”- Norrinda Brown Hayat
Think you don’t have the time or talent to become an entrepreneur like Kristin or Norrinda? Well, personal financial expert Farnoosh Torabi says there are a lot of ways you can make money without looking for a new job.
“You want to obviously follow your passion but you also want to be practical.” -Farnoosh Torabi
@katieshow Being laid off was best thing 2 happen 2 me. Sooooo much happier & fulfilled. Wall St. finance was toxic 4 me. Now, life’s grand.
— Undercover Mother (@UndrcvrMother) October 11, 2012
One website, TaskRabbit, will pay you for running errands for other people in your neighborhood. Katie decided to go head-to-head with her assistant, Meredith, in a race for cash to see who could make the most money in the shortest amount of time.
“A singing telegram…really?!” -Katie
Can you be hardwired for happiness? Are some people just born that way, as Lady Gaga might say? Or are there ways to truly turn a frown upside down? Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California Riverside and author of “The How of Happiness” and Gretchen Rubin, author of the 2009 number one New York Times bestseller, “The Happiness Project,” joined Katie to tell us what happiness really is all about.
“What makes me happy is different from what makes you happy.” -Sonja Lyubomirsky
— No B.S. (@SammyMojito) October 11, 2012
Is money the key to happiness? The answer isn’t as simple as you might expect. Michael Norton is a professor at the Harvard Business School and the author of the upcoming book, “Happy Money.”
“There’s not a magic number.” -Michael Norton
@katieshowYou can’t do anything without money. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but buys you peace of mind and not living paycheck to paycheck
— Billy Mariano (@Billy323) October 11, 2012
Are you happy? What would make you happy?