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Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of research by the world's leading expert on happiness, Happiness challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness.
  • shares the results of three decades of research on our notions of happiness
  • covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness
  • offers readers unparalleled access to the world's leading experts on happiness
  • provides "real world" examples that will resonate with general readers as well as scholars

Winner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence in Psychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405146616
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 348,860
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

About the Authors

Ed Diener, PhD, is the Joseph R. Smiley Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is recognized as the world's foremost authority on the science of happiness. He is also a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization.

Robert Biswas-Diener, Program Director at the Center for Applied Positive Psychology (UK) and part-time lecturer at Portland State University, lives in Milwaukie, Oregon. He is known as the "Indiana Jones of positive psychology" for his research on subjective well-being in remote cultures around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Carol Diener.

Part 1: Understanding true wealth.

1. Psychological Wealth: The Balanced Portfolio.

2. Two Principles of Psychological Wealth.

Part 2: Happy people function better.

3. Health and Happiness.

4. Happiness and Social Relationships: – You Can’t Do Without Them.

5. Happiness at Work: It Pays to be Happy.

Part 3: Causes of happiness and genuine wealth.

6. Can Money Buy Happiness?

7. Religion, Spirituality, and Happiness.

8. The Happiest Places on Earth: Culture and Well-being.

9. Nature and Nurture—Is There a Happiness Set-Point, and Can You Change It?

10. Our Crystal Balls: Happiness Forecasting.

11. Taking AIM: Attention, Interpretation, and Memory.

Part 4: Putting it all together.

12. Yes, You Can Be Too Happy.

13. Living Happily Ever After.

14. Measuring Your Psychological Wealth.

Epilogue: About the Science of Happiness.

Further Reading.


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This is the most authoritative and informative book about happiness ever written. That’s not surprising, given that its authors are the world’s leading happiness researcher and his psychologist-son, whose vocation is coaching people toward happier lives."
David G. Myers, Hope College, author, The Pursuit of Happiness: Who is Happy, and Why

"A great gift from the leading professional scientist of happiness in the world and his son, the 'Indiana Jones' of positive psychology."
Martin E. P. Seligman, University of Pennsylvania and author, Authentic Happiness

"Want the key to happiness and success in life, choose the right advisor. On the subject of happiness, students, researchers, businesses, and governments have been turning to Ed Diener. Now, in this powerful, ground-breaking book, we have the opportunity to receive the coveted advice of Dr. Diener and his son Robert Biswas-Diener. This book is a must read if you want a practical, enjoyable, and uplifting science-based guide to achieving real psychological wealth."
David J. Pollay, B.A. Yale, M.A.P.P. University of Pennsylvania, President, The Momentum Project, Syndicated Columnist, and Author of The Law of the Garbage Truck

"The collaboration between the foremost authority on happiness research and the “Indiana Jones” of psychology makes for a great mix of interesting examples and solid research. I have never seen a book that does such a good job offering useful practical advice while basing this advice on completely sound empirical research."
Richard E. Lucas, Michigan State University

"This is a happiness book by the world authority, the pre-eminent scholar in the field along with an in-the-trenches coach who teaches and adapts this material every day for practical use with his clients. These folks know happiness from the inside out. The authors separate the wheat from the chaff, and serve up a meal replete with tasty morsels of practical advice on how to live. A joy to read!" 
Michael B. Frisch, Baylor University, author, Quality of Life Therapy

"Finally the definitive book on happiness from the world’s leading expert, Ed Diener, and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, known as the “Indiana Jones” of Positive Psychology. The authors bring over thirty years of research and practice into this engaging book that reveals the secrets of psychological wealth – your true net work — which includes your attitudes toward life, social support, spiritual development, material resources, and health. This is a landmark book that should be read not only by laypersons but also scholars, educators, business leaders and decision-makers interested in global well-being and human happiness. " 
Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO, The Gallup Organization

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