Happiness: Lessons from a New Science
There is a paradox at the heart of our lives. We all want more money, but as societies become richer, they do not become happier. This is not speculation: It's 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.
The central question the great economist Richard Layard asks in Happiness is this: If we really wanted to be happier, what would we do differently? First we'd have to see clearly what conditions generate happiness and then bend all our efforts toward producing them. That is what this book is about-the causes of happiness and the means we have to effect it.
Until recently there was too little evidence to give a good answer to this essential question, but, Layard shows us, thanks to the integrated insights of psychology, sociology, applied economics, and other fields, we can now reach some firm conclusions, conclusions that will surprise you. Happiness is an illuminating road map, grounded in hard research, to a better, happier life for us all.
From one of the leading voices in the new field of happiness studies comes a groundbreaking statement of the case: what happiness is, exactly, and how to get more of it, as individuals and as a society
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - flydodofly - LibraryThing
In life, it is important to always refocus, reconsider the motivation, the options and especially the goals. The suggestion in "Happiness" is the obvious one - rethink the reasons behind the decisions ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sillysampi - LibraryThing
This is an interesting way to study happiness through the lense of economics; especially socialism. It asks us to reconsider the meaning of "enough" in terms of wealth. Some people who are very much ... Read full review
fP What is happiness?
y Are we getting happier?
E9 If youre so rich why arent you happy?
P So what does make us happy?
y Whats going wrong?
IjfjB Can we pursue a common good?
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f fjH Can we afford to be secure?
p Can mind control mood?
fjfrl Do drugs help?
Conclusions for todays world
List of annexes
tlO How can we tame the rat race?