On Politics of Positivity
"A collective delusion of positive thinking is warping American society. Americans (and the rest of us who have bought into the myth) have been sold a series of lies based on flimsy quantum-physics and a bizarre brand of New Age entrepreneurialism." This article deals with the politics of positivity and Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World.
Navigating the Happiness Blues
"Happiness has become the credo of the over-connected masses everywhere. Cries for people to clap along and choose happiness are inescapable. Yet in our market-driven culture, happiness seems to be in short supply." This article looks at the relationship between happiness and technology. Examining the difference between happiness and contentment, Alice Ruvane asks whether happiness can be simulated, and whether we are becoming happiness junkies.
"Feeding has moved from a necessity and valuable social activity to being mere entertainment. Consumerism and individualism have come together to give us a strange time of loneliness and of social competition that mimics that of the business world. Whilst people are entertained by their food, there seems to be little concern for how over-consumption harms the planet. Will their greasy fingers continue to tweet pictures of bitten-through burgers and how #filthy they are?"
Quantifying the Unquantifiable?
"Alongside the rise of happiness fascism, recent years have also witnessed a spate of attempts to measure and quantify happiness." This article discusses the rising interest in the quantification of happiness. It argues that empirical studies of the subject may well be very useful – at least if they replace GDP as the primary indicator of a country's prosperity.