When Likes Aren't Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness

When Likes Aren't Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness

by Tim Bono PhD


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Are you as authentically happy as your social media profiles make it seem?

When a group of researchers asked young adults around the globe what their number one priority was in life, the top answer was "happiness." Not success, fame, money, looks, or love...but happiness. For a rising generation of young adults raised as digital natives in a fast-paced, ultra-connected world, authentic happiness still seems just out of reach. While social media often shows well-lit selfies and flawless digital personas, today's 16- to 25-year-olds are struggling to find real meaning, connection, and satisfaction right alongside their overburdened parents.

An Introduction to Happiness tackles the ever-popular subject of happiness and well-being, but reframes it for a younger reader struggling with Instagram envy and high-stakes testing, college rejections and helicopter parents. Professor of positive psychology Dr. Tim Bono distills his most popular college course on the science of happiness into creative, often counterintuitive, strategies for young adults to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
Filled with exciting research, practical exercises, honest advice, and quotes and stories from young adults themselves, An Introduction to Happiness is a master class for a generation looking for science-based, real world ways to feel just a little bit happ ier every day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538743416
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 480,592
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tim Bono, PhD is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has won several teaching awards and thousands of students have taken his popular courses on the Psychology of Young Adulthood and the Science of Happiness. He is an expert consultant on psychological health and happiness for a number of national media outlets, including CNN, Fast Company, The Associated Press, and several public radio stations. He is the author of Happiness 101 and When Likes Aren't Enough .

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 The Holy Grail of Young Adulthood 1

2 The Common Denominator of Happiness 25

3 A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body 47

4 Sweet Dreams 75

5 Attention Training 95

6 Failing Better 121

7 Willpower 145

8 The Time Paradox 170

9 Managing the Inevitable Bad Day 195

10 Social Connection 210

Putting It into Practice 231

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 243

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