The secret to happiness

With the Christmas Holiday right around the corner, a lot of folks will focus on the family, spending time with them, and the enjoyment one derives (or does not derive) from being with the family. But what really makes one happy?

Arthur Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute has a great talk here about one of the greatest things that we as humans can control in terms of creating our own happiness. As Brooks explains, using relevant data, earned achievement is key to being happy. Of course, the economic system that best allows humans to achieve earned happiness is free market capitalism: