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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About the Author
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 ContentsForeword 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.
What People are Saying About This
"This is the most authoritative and informative book abouthappiness ever written. That’s not surprising, given that itsauthors are the world’s leading happiness researcher and hispsychologist-son, whose vocation is coaching people toward happierlives."–David G. Myers, Hope College, author, The Pursuitof Happiness: Who is Happy, and Why
"A great gift from the leading professional scientist ofhappiness in the world and his son, the 'Indiana Jones' of positivepsychology."–Martin E. P. Seligman, University of Pennsylvania andauthor, Authentic Happiness
"Want the key to happiness and success in life, choose the rightadvisor. On the subject of happiness, students, researchers,businesses, and governments have been turning to Ed Diener. Now, inthis powerful, ground-breaking book, we have the opportunity toreceive the coveted advice of Dr. Diener and his son RobertBiswas-Diener. This book is a must read if you want a practical,enjoyable, and uplifting science-based guide to achieving realpsychological wealth."–David J. Pollay, B.A. Yale, M.A.P.P. University ofPennsylvania, President, The Momentum Project, SyndicatedColumnist, and Author of The Law of the Garbage Truck
"The collaboration between the foremost authority on happinessresearch and the “Indiana Jones” of psychology makesfor a great mix of interesting examples and solid research. I havenever seen a book that does such a good job offering usefulpractical advice while basing this advice on completely soundempirical research."–Richard E. Lucas, Michigan State University
"This is a happiness book by the world authority, thepre-eminent scholar in the field along with an in-the-trenchescoach who teaches and adapts this material every day for practicaluse with his clients. These folks know happiness from the insideout. The authors separate the wheat from the chaff, and serve up ameal 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’sleading expert, Ed Diener, and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, knownas the “Indiana Jones” of Positive Psychology. Theauthors bring over thirty years of research and practice into thisengaging book that reveals the secrets of psychological wealth– your true net work which includes your attitudes towardlife, social support, spiritual development, material resources,and health. This is a landmark book that should be read not only bylaypersons but also scholars, educators, business leaders anddecision-makers interested in global well-being and humanhappiness. " –Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO, The GallupOrganization