The Secret to a Happy Life? Think Inspiration, Not Money

September 23, 2014 11:00 PM

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The Secret to a Happy Life? Think Inspiration, Not Money

About six years ago, I received the startling news that I had breast cancer. The diagnosis arrived shortly after I went to work at Cedars-Sinai as chief of surgery. Happiness, of course, was fleeting during those months as I underwent my own surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Ironically, I happened to be writing a speech at the time for fellow surgeons titled, "Finding happiness in life and work." As I wrote, I found myself thinking about that great American philosopher Woody Allen. "Life," he said, "is full of misery, loneliness and suffering, and it's all over much too...

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