Chapter 2

Shiny Happy People

In which we come clean about Positive Psychology, we find out why Britain fails to qualify for the ‘Happiness World Cup’, a blissful picture is painted, Woody Allen tries to depress us and we’re introduced to mood hoovers and 2%ers.


We’ve been advocates of the relatively new field of positive psychology since its inception in the late 1990s. I’ve been so enthused about it myself that I’m doing a doctorate on it! Psychology was part and parcel of my first degree. I read numerous academic tomes on depression, anxiety, ...

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