#95: Dr. Will Davis – The Happiness Industry

Dr. Will Davies - The Happiness Industry

In this interview, Dr. Will Davis talks about happiness, well-being, and quantifying emotions in society. Dr. Davis is a Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Goldsmith’s University of London and is also the author of The Happiness Industry.

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Episode 95 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 0:45 – What is the Happiness Industry?
  • 2:30 – Are there consequences to this capitalistic concept of happiness?
  • 4:35 – Can we even effectively quantify emotional data?
  • 7:10 – Does happiness science cause people to look inward instead of at broader societal and structural issues?
  • 11:50 – What’s your take on positive psychology or positive thinking?
  • 14:00 – Does our search for happiness actually undermine our ability to be happy?
  • 16:50 – Will there be a point where the data on emotions becomes more important than the person experiencing them?
  • 20:30 – How does this tie into the Quantified Self mentality?
  • 23:30 – Does the focus on emotions undermine our capacity to explain or enjoy our experiences?
  • 25:10 – What was a Buddhist monk doing at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos?
  • 32:00 – What is your opinion on TED Talks?
  • 34:00 – What is promising or encouraging about overall health and well-being?
  • 39:15 – What’s coming up for you next?
  • 43:30 – Do you have an opinion on evolutionary psychology?
  • 45:00 – Where can people find you?