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Should We Be Happy?

Over the four Saturday afternoons of September, Leeds Salon, in partnership with The Tetley*, has put together a series of public discussions asking: What Does it Mean to be Human? The third discussion is:

Should We Be happy?

Human happiness has been a concern since Ancient Greece. And the ‘pursuit of happiness’ has been seen as a fundamental human right since the French and American Revolutions. However, it is only in recent years that happiness has become an object of government policy: in the UK with the establishment of the National Well-being Project in 2010, and the first ‘Happiness Survey’ in 2012.

But why has happiness become an issue? Does it reflect a real and growing problem of unhappiness in contemporary society; maybe driven by our consumerist culture and the pace of 21st Century life? Or does it reflect our more emotional times, both underpinned by, and encouraging, a ‘vulnerable’ model of human functioning?

Speaker: Ashley Frawley - lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy, Swansea University, and author of 'The Semiotics of Happiness: Rhetorical Beginning of a Public Problem' (2014).

Admission: £3 to pay on the day.

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*The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning, located in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery on Hunslet Road. Visit their website at:

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  • Lilliane

    Sorry, Huge traffic jam - got halfway on bus and it was 4.15! So got off and walked back home; very annoying

    September 20, 2014

  • vickythomson

    Will be a bit late

    September 20, 2014

  • Paul T.

    As per usual, we’ll be going for a drink straight after the talk in the Tetley bar, but we should also be in the bar from 3:30pm, so if you get there early join us there.


    September 16, 2014

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