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The Myths of Happiness

What Should Make You Happy but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does
Lyubomirsky, Sonja (Book - 2013 )
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The Myths of Happiness
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Lyubomirsky isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements and failures to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.
Authors: Lyubomirsky, Sonja
Title: The myths of happiness
what should make you happy but doesn't, what shouldn't make you happy, but does
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2013.
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. The myths of happiness
pt. 1. Connections. I'll be happy when ... I'm married to the right person ; I can't be happy when ... my relationship has fallen apart ; I'll be happy when ... I have kids ; I can't be happy when ... I don't have a partner
pt. 2. Work and money. I'll be happy when ... I find the right job ; I can't be happy when ... I'm broke ; I'll be happy when ... I'm rich
pt. 3. Looking back. I can't be happy when ... the test results were positive ; I can't be happy when ... I know I'll never play shortstop for the Yankees ; I can't be happy when ... the best years of my life are over
Conclusion. Where happiness is really found.
Summary: Lyubomirsky isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements and failures to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.
Local Note: 15 17 18 29 35 53 61 80 97 118 133 138 148 152 167 173 177 188 210 211 216 231 243 244 264
ISBN: 1594204373
9781594204371
Statement of Responsibility: Sonja Lyubomirsky
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Happiness.
Topical Term: Happiness.
LCCN: 2012030936
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I agree with the earlier comments. I've chosen to read it as I would a magazine. She would have benefited from a coauthor. If she had one, she wasn't served well. Basic, pedestrian.

May 08, 2013
  • Stratified_nomad rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is basically a Reader's Digest version of happiness research. While she presents some good information, Lyubomirsky's subject matter is so broad, and her explantions so cursory, that it reads more like a self-help manual than an actual book. It would have been much better if she limited her scope in order to provide more useful, detailed analysis instead of presenting an insufficient, cursory 245 page summation the briefly attempts to cover virtually every facet of modern life.

Mar 03, 2013
  • Pamellah rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

so badly written i couldn't get past the introduction

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