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Die Ökonomie des Glücks: Warum unsere Gesellschaft neue Ziele braucht

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  739 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Das 20. Jahrhundert versprach Wohlstand und Aufstieg für alle. Aber die westlichen Gesellschaften lösten ihr Versprechen nicht ein. Immer mehr Menschen verlieren die Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben. So sind wir nicht nur in eine politische und soziale, sondern vor allem moralische Krise geraten. Denn unsere Gesellschaft zielt an den Bedürfnissen des Menschen vorbei, wie di ...more
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Published October 23rd 2018 by Nicolai Publishing & Intelligence (first published July 2002)
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May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ooo, i highly recommend this book for anyone who wonders about how to find happiness or even how it works. this book does very detailed work in explaining the neurons and neurotransmitters that cause you to experience feelings of happiness, flashbacks to high school biology!, but then also goes on to cite studies explaining what actually brings people happiness: friends, partnership, positive thinking, social equality, and civic participation. so maybe not revolutionary stuff, but a clear argume ...more
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating book! A German friend of mine recommended this book to our book group. Full of wonderful sightings from historical and current brain research. The book leaves you with a much better understanding and appreciation of the way our brains work and how positive feelings are important in stimulating our immune systems. My favorite "learning" from the book; there are 19 different ways to smile, but only one is actually genuine and only 10% of people are able to create this smile "on-command ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! It teaches, if not the Formula, at least many of the “secrets of happiness”.
Here are some of the discoveries, words of advice that caught my attention:
The true smile is a real indication of well being, joy and we can really exercise to be happy: if we learn how to smile, we will feel better- there is a book which recommends that we put a smile on our face at the beginning of each day. The Japanese had the concept of fudoshin and ever present smile on the face.
Joy and repulsion ta
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could very well add a few years to your life. This is an enlightening, eye-opening book. The writer notes that your brain will change while reading it - literally! And it's true (in a good way). I understand the world around me and the world within me in a way I never did before. I am closer to understanding how my brain works. Love, sex, life, despair, happiness - all is examined. I learned a lot from this book and you will too. If you value your happiness and are struggling to be hap ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the book, The Science of Happiness by Stefan Klein, PhD. I wanted to share a list of things I learned about the brain that we could perhaps connect to creativity and fulfillment in the arts. All page numbers reference where my information comes from, from within the book itself. That information is listed in each heading while my interpretation and ideas are the reflections underneath.

“With the right exercises we can increase our capacity for happiness” [page xvi].

If we c
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The science of Happiness was a real pleasure to read. It is said to be the best book on its subject and I think it has both to do with the easy and illustrative language that the author uses to discuss science on the brain and its chemistry, also I think the book works well because it's encouraging and instructive on how to use the outcome of happiness science, and everyone wants to know the secret to happiness of course. The book was both entertaining, informative, funny and sometimes unintenti ...more
Marie Bergman
Even though the language was a bit pretentious and the story was a bit slow-paced, I really liked this book. I found it very interesting and I put it down several times just to think for a moment about what I just read. What is happiness? Can everyone achieve it, and if so; how? I would say that you get all the answers that you need in this book, but I found out that happiness is just like everything else: you have to put in the work yourself. Anyways, I highly recommend this book!
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-feelings
I have to return this book back to the library, so I will finish it when I can re-check it out. Here are a few quotes I want to remember:

"If only the project that has us spending evening after evening at the office were finished and done with! If only, at long last, the right person would come along and cure our loneliness! Then everything else would take care of itself. Behind these sentiments is the idea that a life without suffering has to be a happy life. Happy is the man or woman who is not
Thibaut Meurisse
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Doris Jean
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to be happy or wants to change change any behavior.
Recommended to Doris by: Rachel
I really liked the depth of this book, except that the first few chapters seemed roughly translated. The bumpy ride in the beginning is worth sticking it out. Dr. Klein explains happiness and shows how to get there. He talks about emotions (unconscious, instinct, in the body) and feelings (conscious, after emotions are processed by the brain). He discusses how to use the prefrontal cortex to consciously steer negative feelings into happiness. He supports his science with animal studies, hormones ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how to catagorize this book. It was amazing!!! I cannot remember how it got onto my book list, but I am glad it did. Stefan Klein writes about the brain, along with many studies to clarify and back up his research. Images of the brain have been taken to show what is happening when people are happy, sad, angry, neutral, etc. I am fascinated with the brain anyway, but this was amazing, to put together what happens chemically in your brain when you feel a certain way. He even goes int ...more
Mark Isaak
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very comprehensive, surveying all the neurology, psychology, sociology, and economics relevant to happiness. The writing is clear and concise while still having enough anecdotes to keep it entertaining. Some people might quail at the more technical parts, but even those are clearer than a lot of non-technical writing I have seen. There is certainly newer research since the book was written, but what is here is still relevant, and I know of only one tidbit (getting experiences is better than gett ...more
Lương Tạ
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are more 9 billion ways to happiness, now

This book is absolutely amazing, well written and quite easy to read, expertly researched book on a theme all of us is in process of pursuing it, happiness

He convinces us of the latest research in brain science in this instructive study, including positive and negative aspects and the linking of human in society

It's so persuasive and clear
I've learn a lot so far
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any who is open minded towards a better understanding of own self and own emotions.
Recommended to Moni by: I got it as a gift in 2006, a total stranger thought it was the best lecture she could offer, for good use.
Shelves: current-lecture
Excellent. This is actually the second time I am reading it, in the english version, in order to discuss it with a friend on some of the issues explained in it... it's worth all the way and helps one a lot on a realistic base to really understand the nature of emotional versus neuronal, or better said how emotions are born and how we can master and handle our own peace of mind. Enjoy ! ...more
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. I loved all the experiments cited; everything was pertinent; this guy doesn't do tangents. To me, a non-fiction book should be organized or it's not worthwhile. This one met all my requirements for nonfiction. I gobbled it up in four days. ...more
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will teach you everything from how the brain works to strategies to improve your life. Definitely a good one for people who are interested in a well written scientific self-help book for non-scientists.
Lissa Carlson
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read if you're alive and breathing. It's about as comprehensive a guidebook to life and happiness as you can get, and I love that it's not based on anecdotal evidence (as so many happiness books are), but takes a scientific approach and weaves in art and literature throughout. ...more
Ruth Baker
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It was fascinating from beginning to end. Informative and brilliantly weaving together current social and neuro-scientific knowledge. Eminently readable. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Klein deconstructs happiness-- think of it as a operating manual for your brain.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I enjoyed reading this book. It was very interesting.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psych-related
If nothing else this book very nicely reminds us of the data showing that desire and reward are dissociable. This is true at the neuroscientific level, and it is true at the psychological / emotional level. Desire can be free-floating in the sense that there is a feeling of "need" without that feeling being directed toward any specific outcome...and you'd better believe that modern, social-media / consumerist culture provides an environment that sensitizes that circuitry.

There is more to be sai
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a good read. the book enlightens me on many scientific facts regarding happiness and what happiness truly means to an individual, a society, and an economy. The book does not give you an ultimate list of things you should do to improve your mood or mentality like a self-help does (if that's what you're looking for by hearing the name of the book). Instead, it gives an overview on how happiness and unhappiness are created and operated in our brain, unmistakably expressed through our body language ...more
Dovilė Liulaitytė
This book has been sitting in my bookshelf for so long, but I never had interest to read it. And the time has come.
To be honest, when I saw the lithuanian title of this book, the first thought that popped into my mind was "probably another some sort of pseudoscience".
But as soon as I took this book in my hands, I could not put it down. It is so nicely written, easy readable, fascinating with many interesting stories based on scientific studies and facts.
This book not only has given me new insi
Linh Pham
Buying this book unintentionally at the bookstore, I was impressed by its title in Vietnamese which can be translated in English "Six billions ways to happiness". The title of Vietnam's publisher didn't cover the whole content and message of the book, which disappointed me a bit. At first, I thought it was a normal self-help book (I was really in need of this kind of book at that time). However, the book turned out to be an amazing scientific paper that I felt it very helpful in my daily thinkin ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful!!! As an engineers, I love to see and understand things through science and this book is exact what I need. All stories and examples are presented in such an intriguing structure that explain the concepts in both practical and science. And at the end of the chapter is the summary of the whole idea and the deduced lesson from that part. I strongly agree with his final idea:"Though happiness comes in different forms, everyone still has the responsibility to create their own happiness." ...more
Long Nguyễn
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suggest everyone just try reading this book onetime, although the beginning of this book maybe a little hard too keep your mind and your interest can follow on it but after halfway the book will give you many interesting informations.
We cant live happy by reducing our unfortunate but we can choose the way we enjoy our life.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting and amazing book. This book is completely based on science and experiments in modern life today. The arrangements of this book is science and smart, specially its notes is presented in one part of the last of the book with full information and meanings. I believe that the author is a talented person.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just in time. Through this book, i know a little bit how brain works and how all chamical affects my happiness and my life.
All things happen within our brain, so just fix it, everything will be fine :)))
Now I believe in the future we can control human, so exciting.
Hope so.
Do Minh Tuan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not agree more to the author. Happiness is illustrated through various scientific researchs and analogies. Each of us, after finished reading this book, would have the chance to pursue happiness in our own ways.
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Dr. Stefan Klein, geboren 1965 in München, ist Physiker, Philosoph und der erfolgreichste Wissenschaftsautor deutscher Sprache.

Er studierte Physik und analytische Philosophie in München, Grenoble und Freiburg, promovierte und forschte auf dem Gebiet der theoretischen Biophysik. Er wandte sich dem Schreiben zu, weil er "die Menschen begeistern wollte für eine Wirklichkeit, die aufregender ist als j

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