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This episode of The Show sponsored by GoDaddy.com. Enter code FRANK from the link in the sidebar and get your .com domain name for $6.95 a year.

(Ray's Whip Ass song plays over images of dressed-up vacuum cleaners.)

So, that worked out.

That's how you sponsorship!

Now I can buy lights!

So it's the last day in Happy Week where I can't talk about the news. But, uh... yeah! I see, sir... chah! Where's ("see, sir... chah! Where's" is pronounced like Cesar Chavez. SNEAKY!) she going?

(Manic laugh.) Get it? (Um... no. Cesar Chavez is an interesting figure, but he died in 1993. Was this a reference to Venezuela president Hugo Chavez? He made news recently when he gave a speech lambasting President Bush.)

So today is technically the last day of Happy Week because tomorrow is Ride the Fire Eagle Danger Day and the LoA (New Viewer Note: League of Awesomeness) said you can't interfere with that. But maybe we can make it a happy Ride the Fire Eagle Danger Day. I don't know! (Laughter) A bom bom bom!

I wanted to talk a little bit about the science of happiness but it turns out that the science of happiness made me a little bit anxious. For example, psychologist Dan Gilbert just wrote a book called Stumbling on Happiness

In it, he says that a lot of the really big things that can happen in your life don't really have that much of an impact on your long-term happiness. Getting sick, not getting sick, getting a promotion, not getting a promotion, having your penis fall off, not having your penis fall off... it doesn't really matter in the long term!

Gilbert says that your brain has the ability to synthesize happiness to bring you back up to your baseline regardless of the circumstance that you find yourself in. And the synthesized happiness is just as real as happiness created by external circumstance!

And that's why people who spend decades in jail after being wrongly convicted say things like "It was the best thing that ever happened to me."

Or why Pete Best, the drummer who got kicked out of The Beatles, said that that was one of the best things that happened to him.

According to Gilbert, they're not bullshitting! They're actually happy!

Sounds pretty cool, right? There's one catch. It's called choice.

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