Happiness : The Science Behind Your Smile

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Everybody wants it. But what exactly is happiness? The pursuit of happiness has been recognized by everyone from poets to politicians as what makes the world go round. The world's largest and fastest-growing industries - alcohol, pharmaceuticals, mind altering drugs, self-help books, counselling, travel, and tourism - all profit heavily from our intent to become completely happy with our lives. In the first comprehensive book to address this most basic of human desires, Daniel Nettle explores why we want to be happy, how we assess our levels of happiness, and the different ways that happiness is interpreted in different cultures. Using statistical information from the National Child Development Study, a project that has collected social and emotional data from thousands of people since 1958, Nettle shows the ways in which definitions and sources of happiness have changed over time.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 121.9 x 175.3 x 22.9mm | 294.84g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 black and white
  • 0192805584
  • 9780192805584
  • 784,308

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An authoritative, challenging, even profound analysis of the most up-to-date research into its subject. Winston Fletcher, THESshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Comfort and Joy; 2. Bread and Circuses; 3. Love and Work; 4. Worries and Enthusiasts; 5. Wanting and Liking; 6. Placebos and panaceas; 7. A Design for Living; Referencesshow more

About Daniel Nettle

Daniel Nettle is Lecturer in Biological Psychology at the Open University. He is the author of Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity, and Human Value and co-author of Vanishing Voices (with Suzanne Romaine). He lives in the U.K.show more

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