Ep 76: Ruth Whippman on America the Anxious

On the heels of last week’s episode on Happiness, we offer a different glimpse into the struggle to be happy. British author, journalist, and documentary film-maker Ruth Whippman, speaks about her newest book “America the Anxious” and the pressure Americans feel for the pursuit for happiness.  She studies how America invests more time, money and emotional energy than any other nation on earth, from self help books, yoga classes, mindful meditation, and therapy sessions, searching for a sense of well-being. Whippman explores how instead of people feeling more enlightened, empowered and joyful, this neurotic pursuit for happiness often leaves people feeling a sense of inadequacy, anxiety and a more profound sense of failure.

Find out more about Ruth at http://ruthwhippman.com

Sara Singer Schiff