Here’s a nice piece by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s spin doctor, on the politics and philosophy of happiness. Campbell has bravely been very open about his struggles with depression, and I think he’s done a lot to change perceptions of mental illness – because he is so well-known as a bruiser / tough guy / Read more…

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Stan Collymore, the English footballer and now football commentator, wrote a beautiful post about his experience of depression today. Have a read: It’s 4:48am in the morning(Sat 26th Nov 2011),and i’m wide awake. I decided to tweet my own personal experience of my latest bout of Depression yesterday,and firstly wanted to thank the hundreds of Read more…

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Alaistair Campbell, formerly the press officer and arch spin-doctor of prime minister Tony Blair, gave a speech at Birmingham University last night on happiness. As someone who was at the height of politics for a decade, and also someone who’s been very honest about his struggle with mental illness, you’d expect him to be interesting, Read more…

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David Eagleman is the author of one of my favourite books of the last few years: Sum, which imagines 40 different versions of the after-life. You know how book-reviewers say ‘I couldn’t put it down’, well, Sum is the opposite sort of book. It keeps on sparking reveries in you, that make you put the Read more…

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As regular visitors will know, one of the things that fascinates me is the Quantified Self movement, whose motto is ‘self-knowledge through numbers’. Check out this video, about one of the websites that is part of that movement, Moodscope.

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