Happiness is overrated
Happiness Is Overrated highlights the greatest thinking on the concept of happiness from classical philosophers such as Plato, to contemporary sociologists and psychologists. It includes practical advice on how to attain happiness, but argues that happiness is not the greatest personal good. Ultimately, the greatest personal good is realized in leading a robustly meaningful, valuable life.
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TWO HAPPINESS RECONCEIVED
THREE CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHICAL VIEWS
Happiness as Accurate Positive SelfAppraisal
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