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About 85 percent of Americans say they're happy. And most of us are quite happy to be happy, thank you very much. But not all of us - Eric Wilson, Professor of English at Wake Forest University, thinks our cheery pursuit of happiness has a dangerous downside - the extinction of sadness, and with that an elemental aspect of human nature. He's written a new book called Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, and he's on Fair Game with Faith Salie to talk about it.

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