Persona Of The Week: What Is “Happiness,” Anyway?

With threats of global pandemics, jittery stock markets and too much political debate on social media, many of us may feel challenged to feel happy.

But what is “happiness” anyway? And since when have we even felt entitled to pursue it?

hat was the topic of this week’s Persona Live interview at the Westport Library with Dartmouth College history professor Darrin McMahan, author of “Happiness: A History.” Click below to watch:


Next Monday’s interview (March 9, 6 p.m., Westport Library Forum) features Westporter Nathalie Jacob, author of “8: Rediscovering Life After a Brain Tumor.”

This and all “Persona Live Westport” interviews are also available on the Persona interview app, currently available in beta for iPhones. You can download the app (iPhone only) here.

One response to “Persona Of The Week: What Is “Happiness,” Anyway?

  1. Maureen Asiel

    I was so happy to hear Darrin speak at his book talk earlier this year at the library in collaboration with the Westport RULER Community Initiative. One of the key takeaways of the talk was how he attracted a diverse audience who could engage in this discussion at a community level. We are so fortunate to have such interesting people, like Darrin, in our community who are willing to share their insights.