Sunday Best Vol. 01 | No. 12

The Pursuit of Happiness

Sunday Best Vol. 01 | No. 11: The Pursuit of Happiness

The Topic

Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for six consecutive years. A recent article in the NYT featured interviews with over a dozen Finns from different backgrounds and professions to determine what makes this country so happy. The consensus is that Finns are more content than happy and find satisfaction in leading sustainable lives, financial success, and being able to meet their basic needs.

In the United States, there is a rising concern about adolescent mental health: young people are more unhappy and suffer more from depression than ever before. Theories abound, including the impact of social media, changes in parenting, and the need to cultivate “human capital” in a competitive job market. However, one theory that stands out is the culture of obsessive student achievement. This theory posits that youth face more pressure in childhood to refine their skills and outcompete their peers, leading to more stress, social comparisons, and depression.

The secret of happiness? Embrace the boring, lay claim to the mundane, and rejoice in repetition, states The Guardian columnist Adrian Childs. Childs writes a weekly column and is a bit of a cult figure in the UK, known for how “he exhibits a particular genius for revelling in the banal”.

The government of Ireland is making people happy by giving 2,000 artists $350 per week with no conditions attached, to help them focus on their creative work without worrying about earning money from other jobs. This program is helping artists who have struggled to make a living from their work.


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Must Watch

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda – A quiet contemplative reflection on the creative process of a gifted composer.


Ryuichi Sakamoto – async

In Sunday Best Vol. 01 l No. 03, we covered the haunting album 12 from Sakamoto. asnyc is an equally brilliant record with moody experimental and cinematic soundscapes.

Listen to the album on your favourite streaming service here.

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