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Commentary: Pursuit of happiness is no answer

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SAN DIEGO -- I just want my kids to be happy.

This has become "a kind of sacred star in the galaxy of parenting wisdom," says child psychologist Aaron Cooper. It is a default dream, what Cooper calls the "fall-back wish" of parents for the lives they'd like their children to live. If kids can't always grow up to be successful, enlightened and benevolent people -- what grandpa referred to as "healthy, wealthy, and wise" -- then at least they can be happy.

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