How many of the respondents of the happiness poll (Dec. 24) were honest about how they feel? How many of them actually know how they feel? It has been my experience that many unhappy people will go their whole lives presenting a cheerful face to the world in order to convince themselves and fool others. As a result, they will never get out of the cycle of sadness and depression. Honesty with ourselves and each other is crucial to making our lives better. We teach our children to be honest. Why do we tolerate a community where dishonesty about our own wants, needs, thoughts and feelings is encouraged?

Jan Summerhays

Salt Lake City