Synopses & Reviews
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."
"In this wide-ranging, fascinating book, Punset takes us on a journey through the many sciences he's mastered to find the origins and purpose of human happiness. He moves effortlessly from microbiology to psychology, never missing a step. I dare anyone to read a single page without learning something new." —Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness
"Punset is one of the most brilliant science writers and TV hosts of our time. His exploration of the bizarre facts about our brain is enormously entertaining and informative." —Eugene Chudnovsky, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the City University of New York
Off the presses: Feeling poorly—or just poor? The Happiness Trip by Eduardo Punset from Chelsea Green explores the search for happiness in scientific terms and offers a mathematical formula for happy days. This book may change your life—and it no doubt will give you something to talk about at the water cooler. -Lisa Neff, Chicago Free Press
"In a society that has become increasingly burdened by unrealistic expectations, uncontrolled desires, excessive consumerism, and self-centeredness, the need for a calm, thoughtful discussion of what brings lasting and true happiness is more important than ever. Punset presents a most readable and enjoyable account of the insights that science can offer on the path to happiness. The formula to happiness that Punset offers is intuitive and appealing, and one can only hope that many will try to follow it. That will make for a more enjoyable world for all."—Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Director, Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
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.