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#041: The Influence of Media on Our Happiness and How to be Happy in the Digital Age with Lisa Portolan
Episode 4118th March 2019 • ICONS with Ava Johanna • Ava Johanna
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This week on The Alchemized Life we welcome Lisa Portolan, a writer from Sydney, Australia. In this week's episode we talk about the genesis of happiness and when we start to desire it and why. Her second book, Happy As, was published by Echo in Melbourne (2018) and has sold over 5,000 copies. Based on her PhD topic it examines the genesis of happiness. Is it an authentic emotion or a constructed one sold to us by the mass media?


She currently writes for Ten Daily and The Guardian. She has previously written for the Australian Financial Review, Huffington Post, Mamamia, Gourmet Traveller and Vogue Australia. Lisa has been featured on the Today Show, Sunrise and The Drum (television), as well as in the Australian Financial Review and the Daily Telegraph.


She speaks fluent Italian and undertook her dissertation (on the socio-cultural phenomenon of a European punk-group) in Bologna (Universita degli Studii), Italy. She is also an accredited yoga and meditation instructor.  She has spent over ten years working in marketing and communications and lives in Sydney. She is a Group Account Director at the international marketing company, Herd MSL. She lives in Paddington with her husband and daughter.


Today, we discuss how advertising and the media impact our views of happiness in the digital age. We will also discuss if we tend to confuse happiness with meaning and purpose.


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