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The Science of Happiness

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How do you measure happiness? How can we make ourselves happier and how important is it to laugh? Find out at our evening lecture event.

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Get happy with leading happiness researchers, Richard Layard, and Sophie Scott at this fascinating evening event. Discover how to be happier, how to measure happiness and what happens to your brain and body when we laugh. You will be guided through the evening by a New Scientist host.

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Can we be Happier?

Richard Layard, emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science

How do we measure happiness and how to we make people happier? Most people now realise that economic growth, however desirable, will not solve all our problems. Instead, we need a philosophy and a science which encompasses a much fuller range of human need and experience.

In this talk, Richard Layard will talk about how we measure happiness and argue that the goal for a society must be the greatest possible all round happiness. He will talk about how each of us can become more effective creators of happiness, both as citizens and in our own organisations.

Richard Layard is founder and former director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the ground-breaking Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, which has been published in nineteen languages, and (with David Clarke) Thrive: The Power of Psychological Therapies. He is co-editor (with John Helliwell and Jeffrey Sachs) of the annual World Happiness Report, and has been instrumental in the development of improving access to psychological therapies in the UK.

How to be happier and the science of laughter

Sophie Scott, Deputy Director and Head of the Speech Communications Group at UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Why do we laugh? What happens in our brain when we laugh? And how important is laughing?

In this talk Sophie and discusses what happens when we laugh, drawing from her research into brains, voices, speech and laughter, which she carries out with the help of comedians, beatboxers and impressionists.

She will reveal the importance of laughter on our wellbeing and talk about ways in which we can each personally improve our happiness.

Sophie Scott is Deputy Director and Head of the Speech Communications Group at UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, the cognitive Neuroscience Society and the Experimental Psychology Society. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2016.

Event Timings:

Doors: 6.30pm

Talks start: 7.00pm

Close: 9.00pm

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The event will be held at Congress Hall, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

Doors will open at 6.30pm with talks commencing at 7.00 pm. The event will finish at 9.00pm.

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