YOU may remember him as the guy who sailed around Britain on an eco-friendly microyacht. Or perhaps you have attended one of his lectures about carbon footprints. Maybe you have heard of his company, CosyHome in Bideford? Well whatever the familiarity, Mukti Mitchell is a name associated with the pursuit of happiness through ecologically-aware living.
North Devon's own climate guru will be presenting his Happiness Calculator at the Plough this month in a talk which will explain his ethos for happiness and balanced living.
Mukti's invention, he claims, not only gives answers as to how our lives can be happier, but simultaneously proves his theory that the things which make us happiest are actually better for the planet. In brief, The Happiness Calculator is a chart which logs an individual's activities on an average day and uses mathematics to give an overall score of contentment. All will be explained, however, on the night.
"Without wanting to go into too much detail," says Mukti, "it's a device with two objectives. The first is simply to work out which of our daily activities make us happy and which don't.
"The second, based on those results, is to figure out how we can improve our lives by either reducing the activities that don't make us happy or by changing the way we do them. Of course the average person will have plenty of things they do not choose to do, such as work, but we can still make a massive difference in our free-time activities like hobbies and leisure pursuits."
In his previous Happiness Calculator findings, Mukti stumbled across a nice revelation that he, as an eco-warrior, is enthusiastic to spread the word about. He found that, perhaps obviously with hindsight, the activities we love the most – such as sports, country walks, music and so-on – are also those that leave the lowest carbon footprint. Those we dislike, such as household chores and driving to work, tend to be worse for the environment.
"In my talk we'll be looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprints," says Mukti, "but the good news is that the ways we do this are things we enjoy anyway, so what could be better?
"As a species, what's best for the planet is what's best for us. The things we love most are cheap, easy, eco-friendly and bring happiness, so we should try to do them as much as we can."
Of course, there are practical ways to reduce carbon emissions that the not-so technically minded of us may benefit from knowing about, and Mukti will help in this regard. Or even if you just want to be entertained with his tales of sailing around Britain in his 15-foot yacht, the man is a wealth of information and loves to share it.
Above all, Mukti is someone who wants to make the world not just a healthier, cleaner place. He wants it to be a happier place too, and this happiness begins with our own lives.
The Happiness Calculator talk is at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, on Thursday, May 16, 8.15pm. Free entry. Reserve tickets from the box office 01805 624624