What is it about happiness that makes it so elusive for most of us and yet seemingly so simple for some? Is it a matter of how we approach our lives, or is it just luck in how we find the world?
Psychiatrist, Dr Raj Persaud, investigates the elements that contribute or conflict with the pursuit of happiness and considers how best to reach this ultimate goal.- Gresham College
Raj Persaud is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at The Maudsley Hospitals and Institute of Psychiatry in London which are the leading teaching, research and clinical institutions in psychiatry in Europe.
He also holds a degree in psychology that he obtained with First Class Honours, and in addition he has been awarded over eight degrees and diplomas including a Master's in Statistics.
He has been recognized for the innovative nature of his research by the receipt of numerous academic awards and prizes including the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Medal and Prize and The Maudsley Hospital's own Denis Hill Prize plus the exclusive medical award, the Osler Medal.
Raj Persaud reports psychological findings, which divide happiness into two distinct clusters: the short-lived pleasure of hedonism and the longer lasting cognitive happiness of intellectual satisfaction.