Fox News won't stop screwing the poor: Play the Powerball — you won't win, but it'll make you happy

Jonathan Shapiro explains why wasting your money "can make you happy even if you don't win"


Scott Eric Kaufman
January 13, 2016 7:02PM (UTC)

On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning, a man with a master's degree in applied positive psychology tried to convince viewers to participate in the Powerball lottery even though they have a better chance at being struck by lightning while being attacked simultaneously by a shark and a bear in the middle of Iowa because "science" has proven that it's good to "savor" things one cannot afford.

For an ostensibly Christian channel to issue such a full-throated defense of covetous thinking is unusual, but Fox News has never prided itself on intellectual consistency, so bringing on Jonathan Shapiro to speak about the beneficial effects of "savoring" isn't that surprising. The lottery "can absolutely make you happy, even if you don't win," Shapiro said.

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"It's called 'savoring,' and it's scientifically proven to make you happier. Here's how you do it -- think about the places you want to go, the people you want to go with. That will make you happier."

"It focuses you on the good things that can happen," he continued, "and again, that's been empirically proven to make you happier." Shapiro also spoke about how to "supercharge your happiness" by thinking about gratitude, and fantasizing about helping the people who are good to you.

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

Powerball Winners Talk Life After Hitting the Jackpot


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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