Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile by Daniel NettleHappiness: The Science Behind Your Smile by Daniel Nettle

Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile

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Paperback | September 15, 2006

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What exactly is happiness? Can we measure it? Why are some people happy and others not? And is there a drug that could eliminate all unhappiness?People all over the world, and throughout the ages, have thought about happiness, argued about its nature, and, most of all, desired it. But why do we have such a strong instinct to pursue happiness? And if happiness is good in itself, why haven't we simply evolved to be happier? Daniel Nettle uses the results of the latest psychological studies to ask what makes people happy and unhappy, what happiness really is, and to examine our urge to achieve it. Along the way we look at brain systems, at mind-altering drugs, and how happiness is now marketed to us as a commodity.Nettle concludes that while it may be unrealistic to expect lasting happiness, our evolved tendency to seek happiness drives us to achieve much that is worthwhile in itself. What is more, it seems to be not your particular circumstances that define whether you are happy so much as your attitudetowards life. Happiness gives us the latest scientific insights into the nature of our feelings of well-being, and what these imply for how we might live our lives.
Daniel Nettle is Lecturer in Psychology at University of Newcastle. His publications include iVanishing Voices /i(with Suzanne Romaine), iLinguistic Diversity/i, and iStrong Imagination: Madness, Creativity, and Human Nature/i. He runs the psychological research website www.psychresearch.org.uk. iVanishing Voices/i was winner of the ...
Title:Happiness: The Science Behind Your SmileFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 4.72 × 6.77 × 0.59 inPublished:September 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Comfort and Joy2. Bread and Circuses3. Love and Work4. Worries and Enthusiasts5. Wanting and Liking6. Placebos and panaceas7. A Design for LivingReferences

Editorial Reviews

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