Happiness Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

ISBN-10: 1405146613
ISBN-13: 9781405146616
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320

What is happiness? Does true happiness even exist? For most of us--regardless of age, income, or occupation--the search for "happiness" is our most coveted goal. Indeed, our entitlement to its pursuit is even written into our Declaration of Independence. But for all of its universal appeal, there seems to be little agreement on how best to achieve happiness. Or even how to properly define it. Fortunately, happiness need not be the fleeting pot of gold at the end of our emotional rainbow. Utilizing his groundbreaking development of the field of subjective well-being, Dr. Ed Diener--recognized as the world's leading expert on happiness--challenges our modern assumptions about the causes and consequences of happiness. Ed and his son Robert Biswas-Diener share the results of three decades of research on happiness to help unlock the mysteries of this elusive Holy Grail. In this fascinating book the father and son team presents scientific evidence revealing that happiness is not overrated, and is good for people's health, social relationships, job success, longevity, and altruism. Happiness describes the new concept of Psychological Wealth, which extends beyond material riches, and beyond popular concepts like emotional intelligence and social capital. Psychological wealth is your true total net worth, and includes your attitudes towards life, social support, spiritual development, material resources, health, and activities in which you engage. Happiness is an intellectual and entertaining journey to help us understand the pursuit of one of our most defining and elusive ideals.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Understanding True Wealth
Psychological Wealth: The Balanced Portfolio
Two Principles of Psychological Wealth
Happy People Function Better
Health and Happiness
Happiness and Social Relationships: You Can't Do Without Them
Happiness at Work: It Pays To Be Happy
Causes of Happiness and Genuine Wealth
Can Money Buy Happiness?
Religion, Spirituality, and Happiness
The Happiest Places on Earth: Culture and Well-Being
Nature and Nurture: Is There a Happiness Set Point, and Can You Change It?
Our Crystal Balls: Happiness Forecasting
Take AIM on Happiness: Attention, Interpretation, and Memory
Putting It All Together
Yes, You Can Be Too Happy
Living Happily Ever After
Measuring Psychological Wealth: Your Well-Being Balance Sheet
Epilogue: About the Science of Happiness
Further Reading
References
Index

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