Secrets of Happiness

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

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Today, influenced by books on the "science" of happiness and quick "self-help" cures, we have settled for a much weaker version of happiness than previous cultures: just enjoyment of pleasure and avoidance of pain. It is only through rediscovering previous religions and philosophies - through the individuals who put forward the ideas - that we can learn how to be genuinely happy again. With wit and warmth, Richard Schoch explores these ideas - from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius to Buddha's Four Noble Truths - and travels through cultures and centuries to provide enduring wisdom for modern living.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 131 x 196mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861979894
  • 9781861979896
  • 1,597,724

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"Hugely enjoyable...a slap in the face to the self-help industry." Julian Baggini "A genial guide." Alain de Botton, Daily Telegraph "Full of interesting anecdotes" Daily Mail "Deeply considered and immensely well-informed... compels us to think afresh about how we behave." Professor Stanley Wells "Original...enlivened by Schoch's witty asides." Psychologies"show more

About Richard Schoch

Richard Schoch is Professor of the History of Culture at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books have been on Queen Victoria, Shakespeare and burlesque. Prior to his academic life he wrote for the NBC TV station in New York.show more

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