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The Happy Depressive: In Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness

Alastair Campbell

Are you happy? Does it matter? Increasingly, governments seem to think so. As the UK government conducts its first happiness survey, Alastair Campbell looks at happiness as a political as well as a personal issue; what it should mean to us, what it means to him. Taking in economic and political theories, he questions how happiness can survive in a grossly negative media culture, and how it could inform social policy. But happiness is also deeply personal. Campbell, who suffers from depression, looks in the mirror and finds a bittersweet reflection, a life divided between the bad and not-so-bad days, where the highest achievements in his professional life could leave him numb, and he can somehow look back on a catastrophic breakdown twenty-five years ago as the best thing that happened to him. He writes too of what he has learned from the recent death of his best friend, further informing his view that the pursuit of happiness is a long game. Originally published as part of the Brain Shots series, the pre-eminent source for high-quality, short-form digital non-fiction.

Are you happy? Does it matter? Increasingly, governments seem to think so. As the UK government conducts its first happiness survey, Alastair Campbell looks at happiness as a political as well as a personal issue; what it should mean to us, what it means to him. Taking in economic and political theories, he questions how happiness can survive in a grossly negative media culture, and how it could inform social policy. But happiness is also deeply personal. Campbell, who suffers from depression, looks in the mirror and finds a bittersweet reflection, a life divided between the bad and not-so-bad days, where the highest achievements in his professional life could leave him numb, and he can somehow look back on a catastrophic breakdown twenty-five years ago as the best thing that happened to him. He writes too of what he has learned from the recent death of his best friend, further informing his view that the pursuit of happiness is a long game. Originally published as part of the Brain Shots series, the pre-eminent source for high-quality, short-form digital non-fiction.
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Are you happy? Does it matter? Increasingly, governments seem to think so. As the UK government conducts its first happiness survey, Alastair Campbell looks at happiness as a political as well as a personal issue; what it should mean to us, what it means to him. Taking in economic and political theories, he questions how happiness can survive in a grossly negative media culture, and how it could inform social policy. But happiness is also deeply personal. Campbell, who suffers from depression, looks in the mirror and finds a bittersweet reflection, a life divided between the bad and not-so-bad days, where the highest achievements in his professional life could leave him numb, and he can somehow look back on a catastrophic breakdown twenty-five years ago as the best thing that happened to him. He writes too of what he has learned from the recent death of his best friend, further informing his view that the pursuit of happiness is a long game. Originally published as part of the Brain Shots series, the pre-eminent source for high-quality, short-form digital non-fiction.

Language:

English

Length:

1h 42m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:23