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Happiness by Richard Layard
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Jul 24, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction

A study of a combination of philosophy, economic, psychology and political analysis have gone into the writing of this book.

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.

This cost me £8.99. As predicted, I hate to lose £8.99! The only saving grace is that I bought it from the Quaker bookshop at Friends House, so some small amount of the cost has gone to supporting the work done from there. The only way to make me feel really positive about it is to find someone to give it to who doesn't know all this already......

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