Happiness: Lessons from a New Science ; [inside: the Seven Causes of Happiness]

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2006 - Happiness - 310 pages
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in this landmark book, Richard Layard shows that there is a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most people want more income. Yet as societies become richer, they do not become happier. This is not just anecdotally true, it is the story told by countless pieces of scientific research. We now have sophisticated ways of measuring how happy people are, and all the evidence shows that on average people have grown no happier in the last fifty years, even as average incomes have more than doubled. in fact, the First World has more depression, more alcoholism and more crime than fifty years ago. This paradox is true of Britain, the United States, continental Europe, and Japan. What is going on?

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User Review  - Vishvapani - Goodreads

A persuasive presentation of Layard's belief that our aim as a society should be to increase happiness, as opposed to increasing income, GDP, health etch as ends in themselves. It's exceptionally ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth Baker - Goodreads

This is an I retesting book and pulls together the science and politics of happiness relatively well. It has an economics slant which is interesting but peculiarly emotionless given the subject matter ... Read full review

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