Are we looking for happiness in all the wrong places? An academic’s role in ‘The Happiness Project’ by the Roundhouse

Gundi Knies is a Research Fellow at the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoc) and Understanding Society at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, and currently involved in an Arts & Science collaboration around young people’s happiness

Today is an anniversary! I’ve been involved in “The Happiness Project” by the Roundhouse in London for three years today. Anniversaries are a time to celebrate and to reflect on how well things are going.

So here goes.

I was first contacted by a member of the Roundhouse’s performing arts team: they had read my paper “Life Satisfaction and Material Well-being of Young People in the UK” after it was mentioned in the Guardian, and wanted me to feed into a project inspired by the 2007 UNICEF happiness and wellbeing report on young people. They planned to “create a show made by young people for young people”, and did this sound like something that I would be interested in taking part in?

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