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
How happy are we? Picture: Shutterstock

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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