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Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    Great perspective on our success.

    A refreshingly fresh perspective on our progress over the past century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Very readable look at what really makes people happy

    If you¿ve ever felt discontent, read this book. If, like many people, you aspire to a higher standard of living, you may think that when you achieve that promotion, the big house, the money or even improved health - you¿ll finally be happy. Yet happiness rarely comes. That¿s because real happiness is never contingent - or even directly related to - possessions or achievements. Happiness is a choice. Despite all the choices people make daily, this is the one choice many do not make - or quite possibly do not know how to make. Ultimately, happiness is about feeling grateful for what you have and sharing your abundance with others. Author Gregg Easterbrook explains how and why this incredible paradox - that progress does not necessarily improve human happiness - is a problem for so many people today and why your best chance of achieving happiness resides in helping others. We are happy to recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006

    Well done!

    Well researched and a long hard look into that bottomless pit of the liberal agenda to control wealth under the veneer of wealth redistribution. The author un covers the problems with wealth distribution agendas and programs and why they never work. Well written and researched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    A positive message for all, and not banal

    I agree with Easterbrook. This book is a well thought-out, and researched piece. And his basic premise is on the money. Step back for a moment, and merely observe. The points he makes are proven. Throw enough mud, and it will stick. The constant rain of doom and gloom, disaster awaiting every time you turn on a radio, television, the shrill screaming of the media- It becomes harder by the day to separate the facts from the overblown, oversold noise between commercials. How can people avoid feeling constantly under assault? This is not merely a feel-good light fluff book, this is also an examination of what is wrong with how we obtain information. Not strictly a condemnation of the media, but shows how to disassemble the onslaught, and gain (or regain) your perspective. The world is far from perfect, but we shouldn't feel guilty or afraid of our lives either. How can people start to reach their potential (or even try!) if they feel things aren't worth bothering?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    thought-provoking, uplifting

    This is an inspiring and fascinating book. Easterbrook pulls together an amazing set of facts about how life is improving in the Western World, identifying all sorts of things that we take for granted as benefits of everyday life. He also discusses the 'positive psychology' movement, and research on happiness studies, with some practical advice on moving towards great contendedness on a personal and national level. The book is well-written and easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Major Letdown

    Nothing about cheerleaders. Nada.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Not convinced of the author's thesis

    Although the Progress Paradox brings up some valid points and supports them with research, I failed to be convinced of the overall premise this book was written on. The author fails to convince me that the average person is better off today. He brings up many good points, but fails to figure all these pieces into his hypothesis. I am also not convinced that people 'feel worse.' It all depends who you talk to, and what exactly it is they are 'feeling worse' about. It is my opinion that the book appears to be a weak form of affluent propaganda aimed at suppressing an uprising from the downtrodden. I'm not buying it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    A Must Have

    Spellbinding and smart, I've just got a good feeling about this novel.

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    Posted September 28, 2011

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