Finding your happy place

By Hamish McKenzie In Commentary

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25th December, 2010
Considering the US is the bastion of individual success and the American Dream, it's a little strange to hear an American endorse the Tall Poppy Syndrome. But that's just what best-selling author and explorer Dan Buettner does. "I'm a big believer in it, actually," says Buettner, when asked what he thinks of our esteem-levelling national pastime. Buettner, at the behest of the National Geographic Society, has just published a book called Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way. In it, he argues that a sense of status equality is central to experiencing life satisfaction. "First ...

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