The Happiness Trip

The Happiness Trip

by Eduardo Punset
     
 

The search for happiness is quintessentially human—a concept that has no bearing on any other creature on earth yet figures foremost among our deepest desires. In the realm of hard science, the journey to happiness is still in its infancy; the final destination, uncertain. The Happiness Trip is a lucid and passionate approach to the science of

Overview

The search for happiness is quintessentially human—a concept that has no bearing on any other creature on earth yet figures foremost among our deepest desires. In the realm of hard science, the journey to happiness is still in its infancy; the final destination, uncertain. The Happiness Trip is a lucid and passionate approach to the science of happiness and its conditioning factors: emotions, stress, hormonal flows and aging, as well as the social, economic, cultural and religious aspects associated with the emotion.

"We have set out on the unknown waters of our potential happiness with no previous knowledge, no maps. There are no models in nature. It is only recently that the scientific community developed technical instruments to measure the impact of emotions and stress. These have given rise in turn to the search for happiness, which immediately burst onto the field of scientific analysis."

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"Off the presses: Feeling poorly—or just poor? The Happiness Trip by Eduardo Punset from Chelsea Green explores the search for happiness in scientific terms and offers a mathematical formula for happy days. This book may change your life—and it no doubt will give you something to talk about at the water cooler."--Lisa Neff, Chicago Free Press

"In this wide-ranging, fascinating book, Punset takes us on a journey through the many sciences he's mastered to find the origins and purpose of human happiness. He moves effortlessly from microbiology to psychology, never missing a step. I dare anyone to read a single page without learning something new."--Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness

"In a society that has become increasingly burdened by unrealistic expectations, uncontrolled desires, excessive consumerism, and self-centeredness, the need for a calm, thoughtful discussion of what brings lasting and true happiness is more important than ever. Punset presents a most readable and enjoyable account of the insights that science can offer on the path to happiness. The formula to happiness that Punset offers is intuitive and appealing, and one can only hope that many will try to follow it. That will make for a more enjoyable world for all."—Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Director, Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation

"Punset is one of the most brilliant science writers and TV hosts of our time. His exploration of the bizarre facts about our brain is enormously entertaining and informative." —Eugene Chudnovsky, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the City University of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933392448
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
06/18/2007
Series:
Sciencewriters Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo Punset is Professor of Economic Policy at the Chemical Institute of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. He was Chairman of the Bull Technological Institute, Professor of Innovation and Technology at Madrid University, and IMF Representative in the Caribbean. He actively participated in the Spanish political transition to democracy as Minister for Relations with the European Union, Regional Minister of Finance for Cataluny. and Member of the European Parliament. He is currently Director and Producer of Networks, a weekly programme of Spanish public television on Science. He has been a member of the staff of BBC, and The Economist. His books include A Field Guide to Survive in the XXI st Century, La Salida de la Crisis, Human Resources and Economic Growth, and La Espana Impertinente.

Renowned neurologist and award-winning author Antonio Damasio wrote Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain, among other books. He heads the Brain & Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.

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