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The Tickle Stick: The Importance of Happiness and How To Get It
Professors Lord Layard and Heather Widdows discuss happiness. Come and hear key scientific, political, and philosophical thinkers explain and explore the facts, the myths and the controversies.
Organised and chaired by Stephen Law
11.00 Prof. Lord Layard is a labour economist currently working as director of Well-Being Programme at the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance. He was one of the first economists to work on happiness and co-edited the 2012 World Happiness Report.
12.00 Prof. Heather Widdows. John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmngham. “More perfect, more happy?”
Professor Widdows will consider whether and in what ways appearance and body image – being perfect – is connected to happiness. A current prevalent assumption is that those who are more perfect will be happier. Many women (and men) judge themselves and others on how much they ‘fit’ the dominant ideal, on how perfect they are, and their sense of self often follows from this. That being perfect connects to being happy is often assumed: ‘if I’m thinner, prettier, sexier s/he’ll love me more’ or ‘if I was ten pounds lighter, I’d be happier with myself and my life would go better’.
1.45 Prof. Elaine Fox. Author of Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain. Prof. Fox is a psychologist and neuroscientist and currently a Research Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions & Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN).
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