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A Private History of Happiness : Ninety-Nine Moments of Joy from Around the World

By (author) MR George Myerson

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*A Private History of Happiness* offers a fresh look at happiness that belonged to particular days as they were lived by real people--across many centuries and from around the world--and shows how these women and men experienced their varied moments of joy. From many written sources, notably personal diaries, letters, memoirs, and other life records, it presents a selection of ninety-nine vivid moments that really were happy. Each passage, each voice is different, and we are invited by these individuals to share what was specific to their joyful experiences--a place, a time, a relationship. The ninety-nine moments of happiness are arranged by themes--Morning, Friendship, Garden, Family, Leisure, Nature, Food and Drink, Well-Being, Creativity, Love, and Evening--and each is followed by a brief description and commentary that encourages further reflection and exploration. The passages come from writers in North America and Europe, as well as in China and Japan, North Africa and India, and they remind us of the universal side of our being and our common capability of happiness. Instead of advocating the latest guide or formula to achieve happiness, *A Private History of Happiness* presents a wider perspective on everyday moments of joy in different times and cultures.

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • 10 Jun 2014
  • BLUEBRIDGE
  • New York
  • English
  • 1933346884
  • 9781933346885
  • 1,144,025

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GEORGE MYERSON has written a number of books on ancient and contemporary culture, modern thought, and the philosophy of everyday life. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Cambridge University, and was for many years Lecturer and Reader in English at King's College London.

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PRAISE FOR A PRIVATE HISTORY OF HAPPINESS: "A remarkable compendium...What emerges is a refreshing celebration of happiness encrusted not in the bombastic language of our self-help pop psychology culture, but in the quiet humility of the real, the lived, the timeless human experience..."--BRAINPICKINGS "Turning to the past where happiness suspended in time is found in letters and diaries, we find in Myerson's book a charming resource...A jewel of a book, one worth keeping company within our hectic world." --HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW ..".these private glimpses of delights are a heartwarming dose of perspective."--SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW "This lovely book invites readers to contemplate their lives and begin taking pleasure in those precious little moments of simple happiness."--MONSTERS AND CRITICS "It turns out that unpretentious, small joys have been shared by human beings across cultures and over thousands of years; in his sensitive commentaries, Myerson brings these precious past moments back to life, and into our lives."--Harry Eyres, FINANCIAL TIMES columnist

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*A Private History of Happiness* offers a fresh look at happiness that belonged to particular days as they were lived by real people--across many centuries and from around the world--and shows how these women and men experienced their varied moments of joy. From many written sources, notably personal diaries, letters, memoirs, and other life records, it presents a selection of ninety-nine vivid moments that really were happy. Each passage, each voice is different, full of a particular life with all its lights and shadows, and we are invited by these individuals to share what was specific to their joyful experiences--a place, a time, a relationship. The ninety-nine moments of happiness are arranged by themes--Morning, Friendship, Garden, Family, Leisure, Nature, Food and Drink, Well-Being, Creativity, Love, and Evening--and each is followed by a brief description and commentary that encourages further reflection and exploration. The passages come from writers in North America and Europe, as well as in China and Japan, North Africa and India, and they remind us of the universal side of our being and our common capability of happiness. Instead of advocating the latest guide or formula to achieve happiness, *A Private History of Happiness* presents a wider perspective on everyday moments of joy in different times and cultures--and invites us to discover the happiness in our own lives that can be found right here and now.

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