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by Alastair Campbell

  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Release date: 01-12-12
  • Language: English

Are you happy? Does it matter? Increasingly, governments seem to think so. As the UK government conducts its first happiness survey, Alastair Campbell looks at happiness as a political as well as a personal issue; what it should mean to us, what it means to him.

Taking in economic theories and the example of Bhutan – which measures ‘gross national happiness’ ahead of gross domestic product – he questions how happiness can survive in a grossly negative media culture, and how it could inform social policy.

But happiness is also deeply personal. Campbell, who suffers from depression, looks in the mirror and finds a bittersweet reflection, a life divided between the bad and not-so-bad days, where the highest achievements in his professional life could leave him numb, and he can somehow look back on a catastrophic breakdown 25 years ago as the best thing that happened to him; he writes too of what he has learnt from the recent death of his best friend, further informing his view that the pursuit of happiness is a long game.

Part of the Brain Shots series, the pre-eminent source for high quality, short-form digital non-fiction.

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Author

Alastair Campbell

Narrated by

Alastair Campbell

Length

1 hr and 42 mins

Release date

01-12-12

Language

English

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