Happy days?

The self-improvement industry will be worth $13 billion in the US alone by 2022. But do motivational summits, self-help books and life coaching sessions really make anyone feel better? Have we lost the ability to be okay with being just okay?

3rd March, 2019
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When Boris Johnson popped up as a keynote speaker at the recent Pendulum Summit in Dublin, it was not just the controversial appearance of a divisive Brexiteer and former British foreign secretary that had people talking. The cost of tickets - €795 a pop - also generated plenty of debate.

While Pendulum has been going since 2013, its prices have climbed with its ambitions (it now has a New York spin-off). Tickets for the 2020...

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