One of the interesting things about the politics of well-being is how, in the UK, it began as a movement on the Left, through figures like Geoff Mulgan (the head of Blair’s policy unit), and Richard Layard, but then managed to cross over and become a cross-party consensus, both in the Lib Dems (through people Read more…

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Here’s Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum, one of the people in my book, being interviewed on British Forces News about the US Army’s resilience training programme. That’s me 30 seconds in, looking sceptical in the audience!

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On Tuesday I went to talk by Brigadier-General Rhonda Cornum (pictured right), who used to be in charge of the US Army’s $125 million resilience-training programme. The event was also the launch of the Young Foundation’s Resilience project. It was held at Macquarie Bank in the City, in a penthouse office-room full of funders, NGOs Read more…

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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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In my last newsletter, I wrote a somewhat scathing piece about Martin Seligman, the man behind the US Army’s $140 million resilience training course, in which I argued that Seligman’s model of the good life shirked any clear concept of moral goodness. I was amazed by his suggestion that Osama bin Laden lived a ‘flourishing Read more…

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