America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks

America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks

by Ruth Whippman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250071521
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,307,929
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

RUTH WHIPPMAN is a British writer, journalist, and documentary maker living in the United States. She is the author of America the Anxious and her essays and comment pieces have appeared in various publications including the New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the Huffington Post. She graduated from Cambridge University and now lives in California, where she is the proud mother of two little boys.

Table of Contents

1 Coming to America: Obsessed with Happiness, but Nobody's Happy 1

2 Personal Journey? It's Not All About You 12

3 Happiness for Sale: Self-Help America 33

4 Workaholics 63

5 "I Don't Care as Long as He's Happy": Dispatches from the Parenting Happiness Rat Race 101

6 God's Plan of Happiness 127

7 I'm Not a Happy Person, I Just Play One on Facebook 166

8 Positive Psychology [or If You're Not Happy, It's Your Own Fault, You Lazy Schmuck] 187

9 Star-Spangled Happy 215

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 225

Index 237

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