Happy People (Rebroadcast) #395

November 11, 2016

This week we're exploring what science can tell us about happiness. We'll speak to John Helliwell, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-Being, about the World Happiness Report, a global project that uses tools from economics, psychology, health statistics and more to study the happiness of people and nations. And we'll speak to journalist  Michael Booth about his book "The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia."

Guests:

  • John Helliwell
  • Michael Booth

Guest Bios

John Helliwell

John Helliwell is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-Being. He is also Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of British Columbia, a member of the National Statistics Council, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was one of the editors of the 2015 "World Happiness Report", a survey of the state of global happiness. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Michael Booth

Michael Booth is the award-winning, best-selling author of five non-fiction books, including his most recent "The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle". He is also a journalist, broadcaster and speaker, and his writing regularly appears in The Guardian, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Times, The Telegraph, and many other global publications. He is a correspondent for Monocle magazine and Monocle 24 Radio, and travels regularly to give talks and lectures on the Nordic lands.

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