Yesterday I went to see a talk by the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh. Tony is famous around the world for the ‘happy culture’ he has created at his billion-dollar shoe company. He sees his work as a mission to ‘deliver happiness’ to the world – not just shoes, but a way of thinking about Read more…

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Here’s a piece I have in The Times today. It’s behind a pay-wall – I hope Rupert Murdoch doesn’t mind me posting it here too – for the greater good Rupert! How ancient philosophy saved my life It was around this time of year, just over a decade ago, that I had a breakdown. During Read more…

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I’m a great fan of Professor Jerome Kagan, the eminent Harvard psychologist, who has done important work on the role of the amygdala in emotional disorders like social anxiety. I admire his humane appreciation for both the sciences and the humanities, and his awareness of psychology and psychiatry’s dangerous tendency to ignore the role of Read more…

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‘The most important Manhattan Projects of the future will be vast government-sponsored enquiries into what the politicians and the participating scientists will call “the problem of happiness” — in other words, the problem of making people love their servitude.’ From his 1947 foreword to the second edition of Brave New World

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It seems Ed Miliband’s Labour opposition have decided David Cameron’s fondness for the politics of well-being is something of an achilles heel. This week, Rachel Reeves, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, “>got a negative story into The Sun (as well as the cartoon, above) about how the costs of Cameron’s happiness measurements policy have Read more…

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