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#001 - Are We Happiness Seeking Machines?

By Steven De Blieck

In this episode, Steven explores the central question “who or what are we?” with Prof. Lieven Annemans. Are we happiness seeking machines? And what really makes us happy? Should you aspire to live on your own private island, with a supermodel?  Prof. Lieven Annemans is professor of health economics at the University of Ghent. The last five years, he has shifted the focus of his research to happiness. He is also the author of several books. About Steven, he’s just a weird guy that occasionaly wears sandals. The 20angles podcast asks 20 brilliant minds the same question. The first series explores the question of “who or what are we?”. Our sense of “self” is bound to almost everything we do, it can motivate us, but at the same time it can be the source of so much agony. But do we really understand this so-called self? Is there even something to be understood? A psychologist, a buddhist munk, a quantum physicist etc. all have a different point of view, and together we try to find out. The mission of this podcast is to learn to see ourselves for what we are, and learning to let go of what we’re not. And in the process, maybe we can bring just a little bit more happiness to ourselves and the people we care about. To learn more about the podcast, or visit To share your answer to the central question, please use the hashtags #20angles #whoorwhatarewe on social media. One final note. A lot of effort goes into making this podcast, and I have given myself 3 months to make this viable. If you found it valuable, you can share it with friends who might feel the same way. You can also subscribe to the newsletter on Thank you, and I hope together, we can work towards a world with more happiness and less suffering. Love Steven

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