How do you solve the problem of human happiness and fulfillment?
It is a subject that has occupied some of history's greatest thinkers, from Aristotle to Paul McKenna. But how do we sort the good ideas from the bad ones? Are there any hard and fast rules when it comes to happiness, and should we trust anyone who claims to know the secret?
In the last five years journalist Oliver Burkeman has travelled to some of the strangest corners of the "happiness industry" in an attempt to find out, and visits the RSA in bleak mid-January to present his findings. From stress, procrastination and insomnia, to laughter, creativity and wealth, he gives us the lowdown on how to become slightly happier.
Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for the Guardian.
He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, "This Column Will Change Your Life," and has reported from London, Washington, and New York.
Self-help skeptic and Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman shares what forms of self-help actually work. He advocates meditation, actively seeking randomness, and setting small achievable goals as ways to lead a slightly happier life.