Happiness: Lessons from a New Science
Lots of neat little psychological truths about how we make economic decisions. For people who want to learn about economics but don't want the math.
I should send this book to my ex-husband. he thinks fun and happiness are utterly unimportant.
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Interesting - don't agree with everything, but written by an economist - so - what can I expect? However, he's moving in a good direction I think.
My main reservation is that Layard's idea of happiness is rather simplistic, at least as presented here. He cites Mill's objection that there are different kinds and levels of happiness, but just dismisses it. This affects his views of othe ...more
Reviewers agree that Layard, a leading British economist and well-known government advisor, raises fundamentally important questions that we all tend to ignore in our strivings to achieve on a daily basis. The author supplies ample data to show that capitalism's emphasis on individualism and competition has helped to diminish the feeling of a common good among people of different classes and societies. The critics disagree, however, on Layard's recommendation of state- and church-oriented interv...more
The outcomes seem to me to be a trifle obvious. I expected some new nuggets of information but these are the conclusions it draws. A spiritual life and altruism = happiness. Consumerism = discontent. Anti-depressants make people feel better. Taxes redistribute wealth. We hate to lose anything that we already have twice as much as we like to gain something of equal value.
I may buy multiple copies and give them as gifts; I wish all politicians would read this book and apply its lessons
Well-written and easy to follow for a lay person but with all the fancy charts n such to make people who like such things happy too.
The author is an economist who is basically spoon-feeding his audience the material, which consists of outlining the debates going on between economics, psychology, neuroscience, social policy and biology (to name but a few).
Nice introduction, shame its not as easy-to-understand when it comes to journal articles!
I did like some of the ideas in the book, but most of it was already known to me, by reading other popular psychology books.