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Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Tuesday 8 January 2013
Happiness is... learning to live with TINA
The politics of happiness encourages us to accept our lot, breathing life back into the patronising idea that you can be ‘poor but happy’.
Monday 16 January 2012
Ignore these pedlars of panic – the kids are all right
Report after report tells us that children are sad, lost and in need of expert intervention. Real-world evidence suggests otherwise.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Dumbing down the idea of happiness
Under the guise of promoting ‘wellbeing’, the government and advocacy groups are indulging in lifestyle modification.
Thursday 30 April 2009
At least the recession will ‘slow down London’
Why the well-heeled, slow-witted campaigners of the Slow Movement are welcoming the economic downturn.
Wednesday 27 February 2008
You cannot teach people to be happy
Forget force-feeding kids ‘positive psychology’: teachers have more chance of producing happy pupils if they inspire them with knowledge.
Monday 7 August 2006
Who’s happiest: Denmark or Vanuatu?
When two different countries can top two different happiness surveys in the same month, you know there’s something dodgy about happy stats.
Wednesday 31 May 2006
Measuring happiness: a fool’s errand
Why psychologists on the hunt for a 'happiness index' have returned empty-handed.
Tuesday 23 May 2006
Why the ‘politics of happiness’ makes me mad
If you’re unhappy with state-sponsored happiness programmes, clap your hands.
Thursday 4 May 2006
Happiness and its discontents
The Happiness Formula
fails to interrogate whether happiness is an appropriate social goal.
Thursday 11 August 2005
The assault on pleasure
Is a new Puritanism on the march?
Friday 5 August 2005
Enjoying the fruits (and veg) of an affluent life
The UK government's annual survey of our eating and drinking habits wasn’t all bad news.
Thursday 7 October 2004
Trying to change the world on the cheap
One thing that the much-feted 'We Are What We Do' campaign won't do is transform society.
18 June 2013
Roll up, roll up – watch Nigella being strangled!
13 June 2013
Twitter: #FreeSpeech or #EthicalCleansing?
14 June 2013:
Why should we care about The Stone Roses?
7 June 2013:
We don’t want a Time Lord for our times
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