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Letters Happiness networks

What about social politics?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b292
  1. G Smith, senior research fellow1
  1. 1Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
  1. Glenn.Smith{at}

    Fowler and Christakis use the example of illness as a potential source of unhappiness for patients and those around them.1 I’m glad that they say potential, but my concerns, as described in Bowling Alone,2 begin to mount about this kind of research to find the holy grail of happiness.

    Trying to essentialise happiness, …

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