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Pursuit of Happiness

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Social psychologist David G. Myers has reviewed thousands of recent scientific studies conducted worldwide in search of the key to happiness. With wit and wisdom, he explodes some of the popular myths on the subject and presents specific techniques for finding true joy in living:


Are most people happy?
What are the inner traits of happy people?
Are extroverts happier than int
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1992)
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Bret
Money doesn't matter, age doesn't matter, gender or race doesn't matter, where you live doesn't matter in determining your happiness.

What does enable happiness:

* fit and healthy body
* realistic goals and expectations
* positive self-esteem
* feelings of control
* optimism
* outgoingness
* supportive friendships
* socially intimate, sexually warm, equitable marriage
* challenging work and active leisure
* adequate rest and retreat
* faith that entails communal support, purpose, acceptance, outward focus,
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Franziska
This was a great research book on who is happy, when and why. However, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who's already read "The American Paradox" by David Myers, since a lot of it is in that book already. However, if you want more detailed reading on happiness, this is a great book.
Hayley
This book (and the studies it sights) are a bit dated, but it was still interesting. It felt like sitting through a good lecture in a sociology class. I enjoyed it, but wasn't surprised by anything.
Maria
This was a statistical look at what makes people happy which was a really interesting approach. It concluded many things that we already know deep down but aren't always good at actually living.
Selmoore Codfish
The author summarizes the state of the positive psychology movement. The purpose of the movement is to help those of us who aren’t currently in counseling to continue to lead healthy lives.
At the time of reading this, the book was getting out of date. However, the content still seemed to adequately introduce the positive psychology movement.
The author’s suggestions seem very useful in making happy lives. Although the author talks about a couple theories of psychology, anyone should be able to re
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Robb Seaton
The book is a bit dated. Specifically, more recent results suggest that the disabled are significantly less happy and satisfied than the book would lead you to believe (although they are still better off than one would naively suspect), the theoretical foundations of Pennebaker's work on trauma-writing have advanced significantly and focus on the benefits of sense-making and its mediating role in cognitive accessibility, most people adapt to marriage within two years, negative affect peaks in la ...more
Jaume Batlle-i-Perales
A not-to-miss on this topic.

If Happiness is in your interest list, you must read this book.

A pleasure to read, instructive, well written, interesting. A must-read!
Jana Light
Rather than posit a new theory on happiness, this book collects and summarizes various academic studies on happiness. I appreciated the purely statistical focus for the first 90% of the book, and even though he turns into a bit of an apologist for his personal faith at the end, since he disclosed his bias upfront it wasn't too jarring in tone and purpose. I didn't necessarily learn anything surprising, but it was great to read all those studies in the collective.
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David G. Myers is a professor of Psychology at Hope College in Michigan, and the author of 17 books, including popular textbooks entitled Psychology, Exploring Psychology, Social Psychology and several general-audience books dealing with issues related to Christian faith as well as scientific psychology.

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