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The Critical Importance of Friends On Your Happiness: Mike Duffy (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Mike Duffy’s talk titled “The Critical Importance of Friends On Your Happiness” at TEDxBerkeley 2017 conference.

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The Power of Friendship

I have a question to ask you. If life were to throw you a major curveball, who would you turn to? Because I heard about a man in San Francisco last week that came home and when he opened up the door to his house, his wife yelled, “Pack your bags, I won 25 million dollars in the lottery!” The man says, “25 million dollars, oh my God, I’m so happy, where are we going?”

And his wife says, “I don’t know where you’re going, buddy, but you can’t stay here anymore.” The ancient Greek playwright Euripides wrote, “One loyal friend is better than 10,000 relatives.” 2,300 years later, Dr. Wayne Dyer said that friends are God’s apology for your family.

Today I’m going to talk about the critical importance that friends have on your happiness. My name is Mike Duffy. I’ve written five books on happiness, including “The Happiness Book” and “The Happiness Book for Kids.” Because there was so much bad news in the world, I founded the Happiness Hall of Fame.

We encourage, celebrate, recognize people and organizations that make other people happy. Members include Muhammad Ali, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, the San Francisco Giants, the Golden State Warriors, Reggie Jackson, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation, Make-A-Wish, the Wounded Warrior Project, Klay Thompson, do you guys know who that is here? Roger Staubach, Kristi Yamaguchi, and of course the reason why we’re all here today, the curator of TED, Mr. Chris Anderson.

The Importance of Happiness

He’s a great man. Now, I do have my favorites, and one of my favorites is the great Dolly Parton. And when she sent me her video acceptance speech, she said, “People come up to me all the time and say, ‘Dolly, are you always happy?'” And she says, “Happy? This isn’t happiness, it’s my Botox.” I love her.

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