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Hacking Happiness – Written & presented by Leo Johnson

Hacking Happiness

Are we pursuing happiness, or is the happiness industry pursuing us?
And if our model of hedonism isn’t working, how do we hack our happiness back? Leo Johnson goes on a year-long journey to pick up life lessons of happiness from modern day practitioners of radically different philosophies.

It’s a journey that takes us from Yorkshire’s anti-fracking grannies to the slow footballing Vietnamese monks of Plum Village, from self-cutting poets to the Chief Happiness Officers Convention in Paris, from London’s asexual community to multi-orgasmic Swedish academics, and from World Champion Muay Thai women kick-boxers to Elvis-loving dementia sufferers.

What emerges is a set of starkly competing visions of the good life – ancient philosophies still duking it out to get punched in as the destination in our psychic Sat Navs.

What we meet is a set of individuals who have questioned the default comforts of the IKEA catalogue, defined the shape of the self, and chosen lives that give us a glimpse of how each of us can reclaim peace, reclaim purpose, reclaim pain, and reclaim pleasure – the real pleasure that hedonism promised.

5 x 14 mins series for BBC Radio 4

 

Episode 1: The Perfect Life

(Monday 16th July at 13.45)
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Listen to The Perfect Life on BBC iPlayer now:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9wbf2

Is hedonism getting hacked? And if it is, how do we hack our happiness back?

Psychotherapist Susie Orbach

Psychotherapist Susie Orbach.

Happiness coach, Arnaud Collery

Arnaud Collery, Chief Happiness Officer, Coach, Author, ‘Mister Happiness.

Dr Will Davies

Dr. Will Davies, author ‘The Happiness Industry’, Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Dr Marco Iacoboni

Professor Marco Iacoboni, Director of Neuromodulation Lab, UCLA.

Emotional AI

Emotional AI.

Plastic Surgery Mobile Apps

Plastic Surgery Mobile Apps.


Episode 2: Self-Harm Nation

(Tuesday 17th July at 13.45)
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Listen to Self-Harm Nation on BBC iPlayer now:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9wnmf

Exploring radical alternatives to hedonism. What if happiness isn’t about pleasure at all?

Poet Clare Shaw

Poet Clare Shaw.

Stoicon-X

Stoicon X.

Dr. Liz Gloyn, Stoic Academic, Royal Holloway.

Dr. Liz Gloyn, Stoic Academic, Royal Holloway.


Episode 3: Fight Club of the Soul

(Wednesday 18th July at 13.45)
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Listen to Fight Club of the Soul on BBC iPlayer now:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9yjjp

Forget the moral chatter of the Stoics, is what matters denting the universe, unleashing the biggest you?

Carl Cederstrom & Andre Spicer perform idleness

Carl Cederstrom & Andre Spicer practice idleness.

Ruqsana Begum

Ruqsana Begum.

Ruqsana takes on the Boxing world

Ruqsana takes on the Boxing world.


Episode 4: Existential Cool – Buddhism and the art of acceptance

(Thursday 19th July at 13.45)
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Listen to Existential Cool on BBC iPlayer now:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9z64f

Does true happiness come not from self-actualisation but from the opposite, dissolving the self?

16 Buddhas

16 Buddhas, Plum Village.

The Happy Farm, Plumb Village

The Happy Farm, Plum Village.

Sister True Dedication

Sister True Dedication. © Plum Village CBZ

 


Episode 5: Beyond Happiness

(Friday 20th July at 13.45)
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Listen to Beyond Happiness on BBC iPlayer now:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9zfwx

What if happiness isn’t about the self at all.

HOOT Creative Arts

HOOT Creative Arts, Huddersfield.

Jackie Brookes - Tea for anti-frackers

Jackie Brooks, Tea for anti-frackers & security alike.

Kirby Misperton Protection Community

Kirby Misperton Protection Community.

Eddie Thornton

Eddie Thornton, Fracking activist & videographer.

Morten Kringlebach, Neuroscientist & Pleasure Supremo

Morten Kringlebach, Neuroscientist & Pleasure Supremo. © Sif Meincke.

Hedonia Pleasure Centre

Hedonia Pleasure Centre.