English: Emotions associated with happiness
English: Emotions associated with happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this Café, Dr Chris Groves (Social Sciences, Cardiff University) considers one of the oldest questions in the history of philosophy, regarding what it is that makes life worthwhile and fulfilling.

In recent years, it has become a public as well as a private question, however. Happiness is increasingly on policy agendas, as governments become concerned that their emphasis on measuring economic growth is not telling them enough about the quality of the lives of the people they govern. ‘If you treasure it, measure it’, former Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell, is reputed to have said.

But in happiness surveys, well-being indices and so on, what is being measured? And how close does this get to what makes us happy? Is happiness the point of living, anyway? Join us in the Cafe Bar at The Gate on 17 March from 8.00 pm to discuss these and other questions.

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