In pursuit of happiness

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone
  • Public


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Open lecture: What's happiness for anyway? Why nature doesn't want to keep us happy and what we can do about it.

We've become wealthier, healthier, safer, smarter and long-lived over the last 60 years but, surprisingly, no happier. But if those things don’t seem to work, how should we pursuing happiness instead?

In this lecture Michael explains what we can and should mean by the word ‘happiness’, how it gets measured, why nature doesn’t want us to be permanently happy (and often gets in the way) and what the latest research suggests we should be doing. Michael concludes that happiness isn't hopeless, we've just been pursuing it the wrong way.

Speaker profile: Michael Plant researches how to increase world happiness for a PhD in Oxford’s Philosophy Department. He’s also the CEO and Co-Founder of Hippo, the FitBit for your mind. He blogs at and can also be found @michaeldplant

This open lecture will be followed by the award winning documentary 'HAPPY'; HAPPY combines powerful human stories from around the world with cutting edge science to give us a deeper understanding of our most valued emotion: