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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.

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