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Vanilla Happiness

Adam Gopnik says the secret of happiness lies in unexpected pleasures, like finding yoghurt is vanilla when you expect it to be plain.

Adam Gopnik says the secret of happiness lies in unexpected pleasures, like finding yoghourt is vanilla when you expect it to be plain.

"Are the intrinsic qualities of something more powerful than the context in which we perceive it, or are what we call intrinsic properties really only the effect of expectations and surprise?"

Producer: Sheila Cook.

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Sun 21 Feb 2016 08:48

A Point of View: What does vanilla yogurt have to do with the secret of happiness?

A Point of View: What does vanilla yogurt have to do with the secret of happiness?

Men and women have long searched for the fountain of youth, the meaning of life, and the secret of happiness. Well, youth still passes, life still puzzles but the secret of happiness has, it seems, at last been found. It is vanilla yogurt, writes Adam Gopnik.

Read Adam Gopnik's article on the BBC News website

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