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THE LIFE OF A CHILD

by Gerry McCarthy

About two months ago, the New Statesman magazine ran a review of Richard Layard’s new book Happiness: Lessons From a New Science. The review was written by contributing editor Barbara Gunnell. She explained that: "Even kind-hearted Professor Layard can be horribly prescriptive, arguing, for example, that because family life has such a huge effect on happiness, our government should introduce compulsory parenting classes, and schools should teach emotional intelligence from the age of 5. I feel the depression descending already."

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