The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong

The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong

Jennifer Michael Hecht

"We examine our model of a cheerful lifestyles as extra like physics than like pop songs; we predict the folk of the subsequent century to trust our uncomplicated tenets—for example, that broccoli is sweet for a cheerful existence and that opium is bad—but they won't. Our ideas for dwelling are extra just like the background of father songs. They make bizarre feel in basic terms to the folks of every given period of time. they don't seem to be actual. This e-book exhibits you the way previous myths functioned, and in addition how our myths of this day functionality, and therefore helps you to out of the catch of considering you should pay heed to any of them."

The Happiness Myth is an interesting cultural background that either finds our frequently foolish assumptions approximately how we pursue happiness this present day and provides up actual ancient classes that experience stood the attempt of time. Hecht grants memorable insights into the 5 useful capacity we elect to accomplish happiness: knowledge, medicines, funds, our bodies, and party.

Hecht liberates us from brand new scolding, quasi-scientific messages that insist there's just one technique to take care of our minds and our bodies. Hecht seems to be at modern happiness recommendation and explains why a lot of it does not paintings. "Modern culture," she writes, "is misrepresenting me and spending handsome profit to do it."

Rich with hilarious anecdotes approximately either failed and winning paths to happiness, Hecht's publication lines a typical thread of advice—she calls it "sour attraction wisdom"—that we will be able to nonetheless follow at the present time to create actual, lasting happiness.

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