The psychiatrist and happiness

In happiness, new content on June 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I’ve just completed another interview as part of my ongoing research project into the meaning of happiness.

Professor Penny Hopwood is a psychiatrist and has spent the last 25 years working solely with patients who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She must have met a wide variety of people over the years and heard some amazing stories. I was certain that helping people through those experiences must have given her a pretty unique perspective on what it means to be happy.

Of course, she can’t talk about her patients, and I’d never expect her to, but she did give me an enlightening interview, in terms of how the mental state of a cancer patient is cared for and also her own individual very personal response to happiness.

Read the interview in the happiness pages of this website, here.

Penny has been a family friend for many years and I’m really grateful to her for taking part in the project.


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