The New Republic has a cover story by eminent social historian Deirdre McCloskey warning of the dangers of Happyism, or ‘the creepy new economics of pleasure’. The piece shows American culture beginning to engage more deeply with the politics of well-being – there have also been excellent articles recently in The Atlantic and I wrote Read more…

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I just got back from Wellington College, the boarding school in Berkshire which has been a pioneer in teaching well-being. I was invited to give a ‘fireside chat’ to some of its pupils by the headmaster Anthony Seldon. Seldon is a remarkable person – besides being a successful boarding school headmaster, he’s also very spiritual, Read more…

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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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Earlier this week I went to see a talk by Tony Hsieh, CEO of the billion-dollar shoe company Zappos. I’m not particularly interested in shoes, but Zappos is no ordinary shoe-seller. Hsieh has built a unique corporate culture, which puts a big emphasis on shared values such as positivity and creativity. He’s an evangelist for Read more…

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Here’s an interview I did for The Browser’s excellent feature, ‘Five Books‘, where writers pick five books on a certain theme (all the while sneakily trying to promote their own book). My theme was ancient philosophy for modern life, and I picked Donald Robertson’s The Philosophy of CBT, Pierre Hadot’s Philosophy as a Way of Read more…

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