Faversham Stoa is a philosophy discussion group meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics. If you have an idea for a topic that you would like us to cover why not drop us a line? There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!

Happiness

Cartoon If you don't read anything else at least read On the Happiness Trail (8 pages). It covers the difficulty of defining happiness; happiness as a temporary feeling or mood (like pleasure) and the more lasting dispositional happiness that we might call well-being or flourishing; higer and lower forms of happiness (Johnson called these the ‘pleasures of swine’ – the snob!); the fact that some people are just born with happy outlooks; the effect of environment and wealth; the dissatisfaction caused by comparing yourself with others; the satisfaction of being absorbed in interesting and worthwhile work; and the msytery of why Iceland is at the top of the league for feeling happy.

“I couldn't shake the suspicion that Veenhoven was comparing apples with oranges, that when icelanders talk of 'happy' they mean something different to what we do.”

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