Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (Second Edition)

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Penguin Adult, Apr 7, 2011 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
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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'.

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User Review  - flydodofly - LibraryThing

In life, it is important to always refocus, reconsider the motivation, the options and especially the goals. The suggestion in "Happiness" is the obvious one - rethink the reasons behind the decisions ... Read full review

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User Review  - sillysampi - LibraryThing

This is an interesting way to study happiness through the lense of economics; especially socialism. It asks us to reconsider the meaning of "enough" in terms of wealth. Some people who are very much ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Richard Layard is a leading economist who believes that the happiness of society does not necessarily equate to its income. He is best known for his work on unemployment and inequality, whihc provided the intellectual basis for Britain's improved unemployment policies. He founded the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, and since 2000 he has been a member of the House of Lords. His research into the subject of happiness brings together findings from such diverse areas as psychology, neuroscience, economics, sociology and philosophy.

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