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Read your newspaper and smile

Recently, I reported on an AARP study that showed the happiest people watch less than an hour of TV a day. Now, another study links newspaper reading with happiness.

University of Maryland researchers concluded, after analyzing 30 years of data, that, "very happy people" read the newspaper. Prevention magazine recently cited newspaper reading as one of the "weird" things you can do to be happy.

News of the research is spreading on newspaper websites faster than you can say "tweet, tweet" and, sure, it might sound like shameless self-promotion to write about the study here, but maybe reading a newspaper makes people happier because they're often reading about lives much sadder and more chaotic than their own lives. Especially lately with our hometown shootings, stabbings and brazen home break-ins.

Your theory? 

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