PART TWO – contemporary

The people listed below have been interviewed as part of my ongoing research project on the subject of happiness. Each person has their own unique persepctive on the subject.

One may choose to read all the entires in order, or perhaps simply dip into them as and when one chooses. Have a go yourself. Choose someone from the list below and find out what they think about happiness.

Roman Halter (born 1927)
Survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp

Penny Hopwood (born 1947)
Psychiatrist working with cancer patients

Vishvapani (born 1964)
Buddhist writer, teacher and broadcaster

Debbie Keeble (born 1965)
Women Farmer of the Year

Deano Dunbar (born 1969)
Blind extreme sports enthusiast

Sasha (born 1977)
Happiness blogger

Scroobius Pip (born 1981)
Hip hop artist

  1. […] attention to the online version of the listings and review magazine Time Out. I have confined the interview research part of my happiness project to people living and working in the UK at the moment, so I’ve just searched Time Out London. What […]

  2. […] LLO: Tell us a bit about The Happiness Project you’re working on at the moment. SS: Happiness is an enormous subject. It’s vast. The more I learn about it, the more questions I have. Down the ages, the great and the good have tried to get to grips with happiness. What is it? How we define it? Thinkers and writers have produced millions of pages on this subject – so much so that I wonder if it’s worth even trying to answer such a huge question that seeks to define happiness in broad terms. Instead, I’m interested in what makes us happy as individuals. So, I started looking at some historical characters and tried to find out what they said about happiness – Aristotle, Henry VIII, Churchill. I found that an understanding of happiness is contextual – to truly appreciate what makes someone happy, one has to understand the world they live in. So one aspect of this project is looking back at some figures from history who’ve had something interesting to say about happiness. These are juxtaposed with the modern section, which involves me going and interviewing lots of people from different walks of life today, asking them what happiness means to them and what makes them happy. The idea is to build up a picture of what happiness might mean to us in a modern context []. […]

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