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Layard, Richard, 1934-
Happiness : lessons from a new science / Richard Layard
New York : Penguin Press, c2005
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  BJ1481 .L28 2005    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Happiness
Physical Description ix, 310 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-297) and index
Contents What's the problem? -- What is happiness? -- Are we getting happier? -- If you're so rich, why aren't you happy? -- So what does make us happy? -- What's going wrong? -- Can we pursue a common good? -- The Greatest Happiness: is that the goal? -- Does economics have a clue? -- How can we tame the rat race? -- Can we afford to be secure? -- Can mind control mood? -- Do drugs help? -- Conclusions for today's world
Review "If we really want to be happier, what should we do differently? First we'd have to understand what conditions generate actual happiness, and then we would bend all our efforts to establish them. That is what this book is about - the causes of happiness and the means we have to affect it." "Until recently there was too little evidence to give good answers on this essential issue, but now, thanks to the integrated insights of psychology, neuroscience, sociology and applied economics, the distinguished economist Richard Layard shows us that we can reach some firm conclusions about the causes of happiness - conclusions that will surprise you. Happiness is an illuminating road map, grounded in hard research, pointing the way to a better, happier life for us all."--BOOK JACKET

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