In Search of Happiness: Is there a secret to feeling content?

What is the key to happiness? Is it family relationships? Wealth? Job satisfaction? Helping others? Perhaps we need to spend more time in nature, and less time in cities. And is happiness a universal feeling, or are there significant differences in the experience of it based on culture, age or other factors? There are so many ideas about where happiness comes from, yet many of us still struggle to find it. Are some people simply hardwired to be happy and others not, or is it a state of mind that can be consciously pursued?

Recorded May 25, 2015, in Vancouver, BC.


Shiral Tobin – Producer of CBC’s The Early Edition


Elizabeth Dunn – Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychology
John Innes – Dean, UBC Faculty of Forestry; Forest Renewal BC Chair in Forest Management
Holman Wang, BEd(Elem)’95, MASA’98, LLB’05 – Children’s Author and Illustrator
Jiaying Zhao – Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Sustainability; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC