Talking about the Good Life with Hugh Mackay

One of the great parts about being the mayor of Freo is you get to do some pretty special things. This Tuesday will be one of them when I get to have a chat with social researcher, writer and commentator Hugh Mackay about his new book The Good Life.

Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in his new book The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living?

His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way.

When Tuesday 9 July 2013 from 6.30 pm–7.30 pm

RSVP to the Fremantle City Library on 9432 9766 or



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2 Responses to Talking about the Good Life with Hugh Mackay

  1. dianaryan says:

    I would be surprised, however, if Hugh Mackay discounted the value of the first definition of the Good Life above, for the role it can play in helping achieve the second definition.

    A psychologist I know mentioned it is getting harder to help people formulate plans to cope as they come under increasing financial strain, because the ability to cope is being impacted by the inability to afford the things they need to do so.

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