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Why learn to be happy?

Happiness is a fundamental human desire, yet we often struggle to achieve it. In this edition of the Why Factor, Sandra Kanthal asks if we can really teach people how to be happy.

What does happiness mean to you? Friends, family, the rush of a crowd or the joy of solitude? Happiness is a fundamental human desire, yet we often struggle to achieve it. Understanding what does and does not make us happy is a growing field of scientific study. In this edition of the Why Factor, Sandra Kanthal asks if we can really teach people how to be happy.

Laurie Santos – Professor of Psychology, Yale University
Bruce Hood – Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Bristol
Ellie Wright – Student, University of Bristol
Meike Wiking – CEO, Happiness Research Institute
Jan-Emmanuel de Neve – Associate Editor, World Happiness Report
Professor Dixon Chibanda – Psychiatrist and Founder of The Friendship Bench Project

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