Welcome! My name is Carole and I am interested in human happiness, no less. What is it, how do we achieve it, and how will we know when we have? It’s a huge subject when you think a bit about it, and eventually we will cover all sorts of different aspects of what it takes, and what it is, to be happy.

Is it a good bottle of wine at the end of a stressful day? Is football involved? Or a strategic computer game? Is it the love of a good man or woman? Or of a faithful dog? The company of good friends? The hugs of your kids? A good book and a box of chocolates? Or just the chocolate? Kindness to others? The satisfaction of a job well done? A new personal best on the track or in the pool? All of this? Something else? Or is it indefinable? Does it only apply to fleeting moments, or is it a state of mind? Is it attainable?

There’ll be the theories and insights of academics and professionals. The ideas of writers and thinkers, and interested amateurs. I’ll give you my own personal reflections. I’ll talk about books that I’ve read and what I learned at uni. I’ll show you websites I’ve found. And I hope you’ll let me know what you think; whether you agree or disagree with what I’ve said, or want to suggest alternatives.

You may not find the secret to life happiness here, but then, you just might!