Want To Be Happier? Change How You Think Or What You Think About.

What would bring you more happiness? Go on, I’m asking you. I’m not going to give it to you, but I’d like to know. Serious question: what do you think would make you happier? Is it money? Is it fame? Is pina coladas and getting caught in the rain?

Okay, you […]

November 20th, 2015|

How can we pursue happiness if we don’t know what it is?

Everyone wants to be happy, don’t they? Aristotle thought it was the goal of life. The Declaration of Independence states we have an alienable right to pursue it. There’s a nascent field of academic study, positive psychology, which tries to collect data on what causes it. Legions of people merrily sell their […]

October 21st, 2015|

Matt Damon Must Die: Why ‘The Martian’ Is A Terrible Example Of How To Save A Life

On the face of it, Ridley Scott’s film is a straightforwardly inspiring story of one man’s battle against the odds to survive until a gargantuan rescue effort can save him. A tale of a rescue effort that only works because a rag-tag bunch of renegades break the rules and fight the system […]

October 2nd, 2015|

New UK Happiness Survey Results: We’re Getting Happier But Leave London For The West Country

The Office of National Statistics has just completed it’s major annual poll of well-being. 165,000 Britons were asking about their levels of happiness, life satisfaction, worthwhileness and stress.

People might be surprised to know that the scores have gone up, not down, every year since they were first collected in 2012. […]

September 24th, 2015|

David Cameron Has Promised Voters ‘The Good Life’, But What Does That Even Mean? And Is He Right?

Originally published in the Huffington Post and republished below.

Unusually for British politics, a British politician talked about morality. At the Conservative Party’s manifesto launch last week, David Cameron didn’t just mention the practical details on what he would do for the economy, housing or education. He went further and […]

April 21st, 2015|

Which party should you vote for to make you happiest?

Originally published in the New Statesman and republished below

You’ve heard the economic arguments and seen the policy wrangling, but which party would actually increase your happiness?

Each party justifies its policies by appealing to […]

April 15th, 2015|
I’m Michael Plant. I’m doing a PhD in Moral Philosophy at Oxford University. I research the most-effective ways to improve world happiness. I use ths blog to share my poorly-formed ideas.

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