When will we find happiness? In this six-part serial, Kate Wilkinson pursues our experiences of happiness at different times in our lives: childhood, adolescence, youth, middle and old age. She asks about the things that might bring us happiness – fantasy stories, mind-altering drugs, lifestyle minimalism, music and vegetables – and talks to people, from young to old, about their own pursuit of happiness. Happiness may be the ultimate goal of our lives, or something that we find along the way.
Trying to define happiness is like trying to grasp water: it evades us, constantly changing and becoming evident only in retrospect.
Kate Wilkinson explores why, in quest fiction, good must triumph over evil, and what that means both for childhood dreams and adult realities.
Adults might sometimes dismiss teenagers’ ‘moodiness’, but adolescence is a time of complex shifts in brain and body, which are intricately bound up with fluctuating feelings.
Could recreational drugs make you happy? Kate Wilkinson explores why keen clubber Simon believes taking psychedelics has helped him develop as a person.
Today, a minimalist lifestyle is trumpeted as a route to happiness. Find out what religious ascetics from history and modern proponents of the spartan-looking home can teach us.
About the contributors
Laurindo Feliciano is a Brazilian contemporary artist and illustrator who has been living and working in France since 2003. Inspired by vintage aesthetics, he creates illustrations using techniques such as collage and digital painting. All his illustrations and posters share a certain nostalgic flair and a great passion for surrealism. His work has been published and exhibited in several countries, and in 2014 he won the AOI (Association of Illustrators) Professional Editorial Award. Among his clients and collaborations are the Musée des Arts Décoratifs/Paris, the V&A, British Airways, WIRED, the Financial Times, Penguin Vintage, Netflix, and many others.