Secrets of Happiness

Secrets of Happiness : Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life

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"Unhappy" is the story of happiness. More than two thousand years ago, when the ancient Greeks first thought about what 'the good life' means, happiness demanded a lifetime's cultivation. Now it's everybody's birthright: swallow a pill, get happy; hire a life coach, regain your self-esteem. Deaf to the wisdom of the ages, we have lost the ability to understand the essentially moral nature of happiness. We have settled for mere enjoyment of pleasure, mere avoidance of pain and suffering. Somewhere between Plato and Prozac, happiness stopped being a lofty achievement and became an entitlement. But it doesn't have to be that way. As Richard Schoch argues, we can enrich our lives by understanding the philosophical and religious traditions of happiness - and then put them to work in our lives today. In a journey across cultures and centuries - from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius to Buddha's Four Noble Truths - he answers questions that are rarely asked. Do you have a right to be happy? What kind of effort does it take? Can you be happy if others are unhappy? Combining wit, warmth and intellectual authority, "The Secrets of Happiness" offers us enduring wisdom for modern living.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 30mm | 381.02g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861979096
  • 9781861979094

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'Deeply considered and immensely well informed ... this book compels us to think afresh about who we are and how we behave' -- Professor Stanley Wells 'Schoch's hugely enjoyable book is a slap in the face to the self-help industry, a kick up the rear to the "new science of happiness", and a challenge to we atheists who believe religion has nothing useful to contribute to the quest for happiness.' -- Julian Bagginishow more

About Richard Schoch

Richard Schoch is Professor of the History of Culture at Queen Mary, University of London. His books include Queen Victoria and the Theatre of her Age, Not Shakespeare and Shakespeare's Victorian Stage. Prior to his academic life he wrote for NBC's flagship television station in New York.show more

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