The idea of happiness – what it is, who has it and how we can get more of it – gets a lot of attention these days. Sadly, almost all the literature on the subject is based on the experience of white, educated, industrialised, rich and developed (WEIRD) people from high-income countries. In light of this, a recent symposium organised by UCT's Brain and Behaviour Initiative drew together thinkers from the disciplines of philosophy, psychiatry and classics to examine happiness in our local context.
Stories by Ambre Nicolson. Photos by Michael Hammond.
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