Pursuit of Happiness

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Harper Collins, Jun 1, 1993 - Self-Help - 336 pages

Social psychologist David G. Myers has reviewed thousands of recent scientific studies conducted worldwide in search of the key to happiness. With wit and wisdom, he explodes some of the popular myths on the subject and presents specific techniques for finding true joy in living:

  • Are most people happy?
  • What are the inner traits of happy people?
  • Are extroverts happier than introverts?
  • Are men happier than women?
  • Does religious faith promote inner peace and joy?
  • Does well-being come with being well-off?
  • Are happy children more likely to become happy adults?
  • What part do friends play in personal happiness?
  • Is age a factor in feeling happy?
  • What can you do to improve your own sense of well-being?
    and much more
 

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Myers, a research-oriented social psychologist whose views, he acknowledges, are colored by his Christian values, offers an ``interim report on a fledgling science''— the study of happiness. Noting ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
13
Wealth and Wellbeing
31
A Satisfied Mind
47
The Demography of Happiness
68
Preprogramming the Mind
87
The Traits of Happy People
105
Flow in Work and Play
127
The Friendship Factor
142
Love and Marriage
155
Faith Hope and Joy
177
Epilogue
205
Bibliography
269
Index
313
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David G. Myers, the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, is the author of fifteen books, and articles in dozens of periodicals, from Science and Scientific American to The Christian Century and Christianity Today. He serves on the National Marriage Project advisory board. Myers has been married for forty-two years and is the father of three adult children.

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