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The Happiness Trip: A Scientific Journeyby Eduardo Punset
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The search for happiness is quintessentially human—a concept that has no bearing on any other creature on earth yet figures foremost among our deepest desires. In the realm of hard science, the journey to happiness is still in its infancy; the final destination, uncertain. The Happiness Trip is a lucid and passionate approach to the science of happiness and its conditioning factors: emotions, stress, hormonal flows and aging, as well as the social, economic, cultural and religious aspects associated with the emotion.
"We have set out on the unknown waters of our potential happiness with no previous knowledge, no maps. There are no models in nature. It is only recently that the scientific community developed technical instruments to measure the impact of emotions and stress. These have given rise in turn to the search for happiness, which immediately burst onto the field of scientific analysis."
This is a lucid and passionate approach to the science of happiness and its conditioning factors: emotions, stress, hormonal flows, and aging, as well as the social, economic, cultural, and religious aspects associated with the emotion.
About the Author
Eduardo Punset was born in Barcelona in 1936. He served as economic editor for the BBC, The Economist, and later worked for the International Monetary Fund in the Caribbean. Since then he has played an active role in Spanish politics. Currently Professor of Economic Policy and of Science, Technology and Society at the Chemichal Institute of the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Punset is also the director and producer of REDES (Networks), a popular weekly television program on science. He is the author of several widely acclaimed books including El Viaje a la Felicidad (The Happiness Trip), which was an instant number one best-seller in Spain. Renowned neurologist and award-winning author Antonio Damasio wrote Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain, among other books. He heads the Brain & Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.
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