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Happiness Is Overrated

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ISBN-10: 074253362X

ISBN-13: 9780742533622

Edition: 2003

Authors: Miguel Vatter, Raymond Belliotti

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Description:

Belliotti examines what we mean by 'happiness', how we judge its importance & how we go about trying to find it. He reveals that being happy isn't a straightforward matter & suggests that achieving happiness isn't the defining moment of a satisfactory life, though it might be the icing on the cake.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Preface
Topics
Acknowledgments
Greek, Roman, and Christian Happiness
Happiness as Moral and Intellectual Virtue
Happiness as Flourishing
Happiness as Radical Asceticism
Happiness as Hedonism
Happiness as Tranquility
Happiness as Worldly Transcendence
Happiness Reconceived
Happiness as Morally Earned
Happiness as Collective Achievement
Happiness as the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number
Happiness as Illusion
Happiness as Positive Psychological State
Contemporary Philosophical Views
Philosophy Joins Hands with Social Science
Happiness as Positive Self-Appraisal
Happiness as Accurate, Positive Self-Appraisal
Happiness as Connection to Objective, Preexisting Good
What We Learn from Contemporary Philosophers
Can Everyone Be Happy?
Should Everyone Be Happy?
How Much Suffering is Compatible with Happiness?
Why Happiness is Overrated
The Paths to Happiness
Adjust Expectations
Nurture Relationships
Be Optimistic and Appreciative
Have Faith
Make Peace, Not War
Be Goal-Oriented
Prioritize
Use Leisure Wisely, Energize the Senses, Eat and Exercise Properly
Go with Flow
Be Lucky
Forms of Happiness
The Meaning of Life
What Does it Mean to Say Life Has Meaning?
The Existential Problem
The Religious Solution
Eastern Religion
Western Religion
Assessment of Religion
Cosmic Meaninglessness
The Construction of Contingent Meaning
Nietzsche
Camus
Telescopes and Slinky Toys
Meaning & Significance
Death
Bibliography
Index
About the Author