"The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions."
(Alfred Lord Tennyson)
In the spring of 2005, I was approached by Optomen Television who had been commissioned by the BBC to make a four-part documentary series about the science of happiness, to be called 'Making Slough Happy' and to be screened on BBC2 in the Autumn of 2005.
On Thursday 19th May 2005, I recorded the first of my 'video diary' pieces for the series (pictured right), and at the time of writing am actively taking part in the project. Check out the BBC website here for details of transmission dates.
I revealed much more of myself than I'd originally intended to, including my bouts of depression and those things in life that make me personally 'happy'.
I spoke about how my health and happiness are intertwined. And furthermore, I challenged the perception that Slough may (by implication in the title) be seen as an 'unhappy town'.
And so were filmed over the summer and the results were screened on BBC2 over four consequtive Tuesday nights in November 2005.
But what viewers saw was only a ‘snapshot’ of what we, the participants, actually experienced and engaged in. Over 400 hours of recording edited down into four one hour programmes, not forgetting all the activities that we took part in that weren’t recorded.