This July Wellcome Collection will launch ‘On Happiness’, a season of free events, activities and two exhibitions – ‘Joy’ and ‘Tranquillity’ – which will bring together voices from across the cultural, scientific and spiritual fields to reflect on the elusive subject of happy feelings.
In this period of great instability, escalating infectious diseases, ecological concerns and rising levels of anxiety and depression worldwide, Wellcome Collection will examine the ways in which people find resilience, hope and even joy at times of duress. In response to seismic political and social upheavals, ‘On Happiness’ will ask: how might we rebuild happiness for our current times?
From serenity to ecstasy, awe to comfort, happiness encompasses many different feelings and has perplexed scholars for centuries. There has long been debate around the role of emotions, where they come from and how they are expressed, and whether they are innate or acquired, universal or culturally specific. Reflecting on the connections between complex emotions, our bodies and health, ‘On Happiness’ will offer audiences an opportunity to rethink how we feel good.