The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed there was no newsletter last weekend. Apologies. The reason for this is I have journeyed deep into the warm, pulsating heart of the happiness movement. Last Thursday I took part in a conference on Positive Psychology at Wellington College (the pioneer of well-being classes), and then I went Read more…

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There’s a cognitive bias which supposedly causes emotional disorders, whereby you minimize your own achievements while maximizing those of other people. I feel the authors of Britannia Unchained, a new book about how to save the UK from national decline, suffer from this bias. They are far too pessimistic about the UK’s achievements, while seeing Read more…

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I’ve been researching Chinese culture for a report. One thing that caught my eye was the Boxer Rebellion at the beginning of the 20th century, when the Chinese people first rose up against foreign powers – in anticipation of the later Maoist revolution. Check out how mystical the Boxer rebellion was [the passage is from Read more…

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Isn’t this segment of the Beijing 2008 opening ceremony beautiful? It celebrates Confucian culture, if I understand correctly.

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Anyone interested in the politics of wellbeing in Asia might want to read a book I read about this morning. The book is called China and the Search for Happiness, and was written by German sinologist Wolfgang Bauer in 1971. The New York Review of Books reviewed it when the English translation came out in Read more…

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