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Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

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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.

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.

Review:

"A thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of one of the most important and least understood aspects of human nature — what makes us happy. The answers will surprise you." Thomas Lewis, co-author, A General Theory of Love

Synopsis:

From the great guru of the interdisciplinary field of happiness studies comes a fascinating statement: happiness, in fact, is a measurable human state. In his new handbook, he examines the keys to achieving happiness and why, on a societal level people have grown wealthier but no happier over the past 30 years.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Richard Layard is one of Britain's best-known economists and a leading world expert on unemployment and inequality. He runs Europe's leading economics research center within the London School of Economics. He worked for the British government as an economic adviser from 1997 to 2001, and in 2000 he became a member of the House of Lords. He is the author of a number of academic books.

Table of Contents

Happiness Preface

Part One: The Problem

1. What's the problem?

2. What is happiness?

3. Are we getting happier?

4. If you're so rich, why aren't you happy?

5. So what does make us happy?

6. What's going wrong?

7. Can we pursue a common good?

Part Two: What Can Be Done?

8. The Greatest Happiness: Is that the goal?

9. Does economics have a clue?

10. How can we tame the rat race?

11. Can we afford to be secure?

12. Can mind control mood?

13. Do drugs help?

14. Conclusions for today's world

My thanks

Sources of tables, charts and diagrams

List of annexes

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594200397
Subtitle:
Lessons from a New Science
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Layard, Richard
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Personal Growth - Happiness
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060627
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.72x5.94x1.09 in. 1.07 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Press - English 9781594200397 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of one of the most important and least understood aspects of human nature — what makes us happy. The answers will surprise you."
"Synopsis" by , From the great guru of the interdisciplinary field of happiness studies comes a fascinating statement: happiness, in fact, is a measurable human state. In his new handbook, he examines the keys to achieving happiness and why, on a societal level people have grown wealthier but no happier over the past 30 years.
"Synopsis" by ,

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.

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