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Wednesday 21:00-21:30
Frontiers explores new ideas in science, meeting the researchers who see the world through fresh eyes and challenge existing theories - as well as hearing from their critics. Many such developments create new ethical and moral questions and Frontiers is not afraid to consider these.
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Wednesday 28 April  2004
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Why are some people so happy all the time?

Wellbeing

Until recently, ‘wellbeing’ was a phrase you’d be most likely to see in the pages of women’s magazines and self-help books - a highly desirable commodity, but not one that was easy to define, let alone one that was subject to scientific analysis.

In recent years, this has changed. Wellbeing has become an area of serious research for many scientists who believe that discovering the essence and effects of wellbeing may be at least as important to public health than focusing on specific problems and diseases.

What is it about some people that enables them to live long, happy lives while others struggle? What gives these lucky individuals the resilience to bounce back from life’s inevitable slings and arrows? If the answers to questions like these can be uncovered, it could be life-enhancing news for all of us…

Finding the Factors

Wellbeing is related to personal health, community spirit, creativity and a range of thinking skills - including test-taking in schools, as Peter Evans discovers in this week's Frontiers.

On his quest to investigate this pioneering area of science, he meets a range of researchers who are exploring effects of positive emotions on our performance, our thinking skills and our perceptive abilities.

He visits a school where young children are being taught how to identify and communicate their emotions, talks to researchers who are investigating the effects of positive mood in the laboratory, and discovers the startling link between psychological wellbeing and how long a person may live…

Relax, take time out and enjoy the programme – it’s good for you!
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