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Happiness: The Nature and Nurture of Joy and Contentment

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  2 reviews
What makes us happy? Is it money, a fancy car, a nice house? Or is it something less tangible, something we have no control over? Is happiness in our blood? In this fascinating look at the world's most sought-after emotion, Dr. David Lykken recounts a series of extensive studies conducted on identical twins reared miles apart. The studies reveal that, no matter where we li ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2000 by Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press
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No aphorisms here. Paradoxically, statistical and anecdotal simultaneously. That being said, the data itself is interesting and often surprising, though, some of it is very difficult to believe. He doesn't explore, enough, the possibility that people answer that they are happy simply because they want to be happy - not because they actually are.
Of the many books I have read by medical and psychology experts, this book was the most disappointing. It was tedious, long, and contained little useful information. During the last paragraph, the author mentions that he is a member of the Hemlock Society. Perhaps his nillism taints his ability to be objective in his research.
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