Wednesday 26 February 18:00 - 19:00

University of Westminster - Regent Campus
Boardroom 117
309 Regent St

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Difference Festival - The Truth about Happiness

Community & Culture

'The Truth about Happiness' talk is part of the Difference Festival 2020

The Truth about Happiness

This talk will question the seemingly universally accepted notion that we should all strive to be as happy as possible, that negative feelings are to be banished, and that individuals need to work on a positive outlook. We will start with some background information on the rise of happiness studies and world happiness reports. This will set the scene to question how reliable such statistics actually are and why they have become so popular. We will then look at different views on happiness from different cultures and civilisations across the world - not all of which idealise happiness. The talk, which will be delivered jointly with students on Prof Wielander’s module “Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures”, will stimulate the audience to think critically about the “happiness imperative”, but jointly we will also try to work out common denominators on happiness across cultures.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception


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