Happiness The Science Behind Your Smile

ISBN-10: 0192805592
ISBN-13: 9780192805591
Edition: 2006
Authors: Daniel Nettle
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.77" wide x 4.72" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

What exactly is happiness? Can we measure it? Why are some people happy and others not? And is there a drug that could eliminate all unhappiness?People all over the world, and throughout the ages, have thought about happiness, argued about its nature, and, most of all, desired it. But why do we have such a strong instinct to pursue happiness? And if happiness is good in itself, why haven't we simply evolved to be happier?Daniel Nettle uses the results of the latest psychological studies to ask what makes people happy and unhappy, what happiness really is, and to examine our urge to achieve it. Along the way we look at brain systems, at mind-altering drugs, and how happiness is now marketed to us as a commodity. Nettle concludes that while it may be unrealistic to expect lasting happiness, our evolved tendency to seek happiness drives us to achieve much that is worthwhile in itself. What is more, it seems to benot your particular circumstances that define whether you are happy so much as your attitude towards life. Happiness gives us the latest scientific insights into the nature of our feelings of well-being, and what these imply for how we might live our lives.

Introduction
Comfort and joy
Bread and circuses
Love and work
Worriers and enthusiasts
Wanting and liking
Panaceas and placebos
A design for living
Further reading
Notes
References
Index

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