Happiness: Lessons from a New Science: Second Revised Edition

Author(s) : Richard Layard

Happiness: Lessons from a New Science: Second Revised Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 384
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 37761
  • ISBN 13 : 9780241952795
  • ISBN 10 : 0241952794
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In this new edition of his landmark book, Richard Layard shows that there is a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most people want more income. Yet as societies become richer, they do not become happier. This is not just anecdotally true, it is the story told by countless pieces of scientific research. We now have sophisticated ways of measuring how happy people are, and all the evidence shows that on average people have grown no happier in the last fifty years, even as average incomes have more than doubled. In fact, the First World has more depression, more alcoholism and more crime than fifty years ago. This paradox is true of Britain, the United States, continental Europe, and Japan. What is going on? Now fully revised and updated to include developments since first publication, Layard answers his critics in what is still the key book in 'happiness studies'.

About the Author(s)

Richard Layard is one of the world's leading labour economists, and in 2008 received the IZA International Prize for Labour Economics. A member of the House of Lords, he has done much to raise the public profile of mental health. His 2005 book Happiness has been translated into 20 languages.

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