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The Big Question

What Can We Do to Be Happier?

Aug 19, 2015 | 28 videos
Video by The Atlantic

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of professors, psychologists, and journalists what to do in order to feel more content. According to the writer Suleika Jaouad, people should learn to slow down a little: "We live in such a fast-paced world that's filled with so many exciting things happening all the time," she says. "But I find that the biggest challenge is really not trying to do all those things, and carving out spaces of time in your day where you can just do nothing." Other panelists include Pete McBrideTim KasserEli FinkelPaul BloomRobert D. Putnam, and Jennifer Senior.


The Big Question is a series inspired by The Atlantic's back-page feature.

Authors: Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Sam Price-Waldman, Greyson Korhonen

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Ideas and insights from leaders at the Aspen Ideas Festival.