20/10/2015 - 21/10/2015
6:30 pm - 12:30 pm
For a civilisation so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem remarkably incompetent at the task. The advantages of modern life seem uncapable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy. We can’t even agree on what ‘happiness’ means. Are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? Oliver has some of the most truthful and useful words about happiness in recent years.
ABOUT: Oliver Burkeman is a journalist running a popular weekly column in The Guardian – This Column Will Change Your Life. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association’s Young Journalist of the Year award and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2006. He is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (2012), which explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection.
GOOD READS: This column will change your life (Guardian weekly). The Antidote, Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking (2012). HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (2011)