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A loaded question for you: Are you happy?
The other day, somewhat on a whim, I walked around downtown Chicago for a while and stopped random strangers and asked if they were happy. I carried a notebook and identified myself as a reporter and wrote down what they said, and though I've done my share of man-on-the-street interviews, the off-putting baldness (and boldness) of the question made me skittish.
March 1, 2013