Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile

Author(s) : Daniel Nettle

Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile

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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Published : 2006
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 24299
  • ISBN 13 : 9780192805591
  • ISBN 10 : 0192805592

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What exactly is happiness? Can we measure it? Why are some people happy and others not? And is there a drug that could eliminate all unhappiness? People all over the world, and throughout the ages, have thought about happiness, argued about its nature, and, most of all, desired it. But why do we have such a strong instinct to pursue happiness? And if happiness is good in itself, why haven't we simply evolved to be happier? Daniel Nettle uses the results of the latest psychological studies to ask what makes people happy and unhappy, what happiness really is, and to examine our urge to achieve it. Along the way we look at brain systems, at mind-altering drugs, and how happiness is now marketed to us as a commodity. Nettle concludes that while it may be unrealistic to expect lasting happiness, our evolved tendency to seek happiness drives us to achieve much that is worthwhile in itself. What

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