Do you even know what makes you happy? It's not youth, beauty or wealth: One in every five Australian teens will suffer depression before they turn 18, while women with breast implants are much likelier to commit suicide than those who make do with nature's imperfect endowments, and Americans blow a collective $20 billion dollars every year on self-help and antidepressant, yet report no more increase in satisfaction. Overall, humans are so bad at finding happiness that depression is set to become the world's greatest health problem within the next 20 years. It's time to make some changes.
Jumpstart your brain by stopping by COLORS' exhibition of "Happiness and Other Survival Techniques" at Vivid Sydney, Australia. Our photo editor Mauro Bedoni will be there to accept drinks and shake hands, to explain how to make a beautiful magazine with no money (with Lucky Peach editor Chris Ying), and to preview the future of reading in a digital world in the panel Reading in the E-Future. He also knows what makes you happy, so be sure to ask.
Happiness and Other Survival Techniques
May 24 - June 10, 2013
140 George Street (Old MCA Entrance)
VividSydney in Sydney, Australia
Panel: Reading in the e-Future
May 24, 1-2pm
Wharf Theatre 2
Pier 4/5, Hickson Road
Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia
Panel: Indie Magazines: High End Content, Low End Budgets
May 26, 4-6pm
MCA Forum Harbourside
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Photos above: "Happiness and Other Survival Guides" in the Times Museum, Guangzhou, China. November 2012.