Rea­sons to be cheer­ful, well rea­soned

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WHAT makes us happy? Read­ing the hu­man mind.

What led to French philoso­pher Michel de Mon­taigne thank­ing for­tune for the pain he suf­fered? Or why did Mahler ap­par­ently stop com­pos­ing af­ter his meet­ing in Hol­land with Sig­mund Freud?

To some ex­tent, the abil­ity to be happy is in­her­ited, but so­cial sci­en­tists have em­pha­sized that var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal in­flu­ences – health, a sta­ble so­ci­ety, eco­nomic ad­van­tages, play a ma­jor role. Pro­fes­sor Win­ston ex­am­ines the role of brain imag­ing, hor­mone study, sex­u­al­ity, child de­vel­op­ment, phar­ma­col­ogy and psy­cho­log­i­cal re­search in un­der­stand­ing how science may help us be hap­pier. Re­search sug­gests we tend to get hap­pier as we get older. Can we make our­selves hap­pier and if so, will knowl­edge of brain func­tion and how we might ma­nip­u­late it give us more ful­filled lives?

What? When? Where?

Pro­fes­sor Robert Win­ston Sun­day, Septem­ber 27 The El­giva, St Mary’s Way, Che­sham, HP5 1HR £14 (full) and £12 (conc) 01494 582 900 www.el­

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