Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealthby Published 09 Sep 2008
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Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of research by the world's leading expert on happiness, Happiness challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness.
shares the results of three decades of research on our notions of happiness covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness offers readers unparalleled access to the world's leading experts on happiness provides "real world" examples that will resonate with general readers as well as scholars Winner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence in Psychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth Reviews
This book was similar to other books on happiness and positive psychology that I have been reading. I liked the discussion of how AIM (attention, interpretation, and memory) can make people more or less happy. This book seemed to have a different view of how important money is in happiness levels (it emphasized that happiness is often higher when people have more money -- including lottery winners, which is different from what I have read before).
This book had a lot of information about varying aspects of happiness - wealth, relationships, religion, etc. Though it referenced many scientific research studies, it was still an enjoyable read. I especially liked the part on wealth that said: Happiness = What We Have/(divided by)What We Want
We can make ourselves happier just by wanting less!
The Drs. Diener provide a wealth of research information on what causes happiness and what doesn't. This isn't a fast read, but it is a very interesting and productive one.
Fascinating information and fun to read.
I read this for an article I'm writing (about "Happiness"), and my friend Robert co-wrote it with his father. They are both psychologists and/or study positive psychology. It is a great summary of the available scientific research on happiness, and a lot of it was interesting, but it wasn't exactly what i was looking for as a reader, though I don't doubt that the book wasn't entirely written for my demographic.