Two news stories caught my eye this weekend. Firstly, the British government wants to launch a voucher scheme so every parent can take parenting classes from a range of providers. One of them is called the Parenting Gym, and is owned by Octavius Black, the millionaire school-chum of David Cameron’s, who made his fortune through Read more…

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Welcome to new subscribers – lots of you have subscribed in the last week. Hope you enjoy the newsletter, it typically veers between interesting links on the philosophy, psychology and politics of well-being, and the occasional brief essay about something that’s caught my eye. This week will be mainly links (phew!) On Wednesday we had Read more…

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The UN Happiness Conference last week looks to have been a fascinating event. The Prime Minister of Bhutan sent me a giant Willy Wonka-esque invitation, for which I’m grateful, but wouldn’t pay my air-fare, for which I’m lingeringly resentful (not really). Anyway, I didn’t go, but have spent this morning reading through some of the Read more…

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The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) – the UK’s oldest think-tank and a leading source of right-wing thinking in the UK – has published a new book harshly criticising prime minister David Cameron’s initiative to measure national well-being. You can read it here. I haven’t had time to read it myself yet, I’ll try to Read more…

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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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