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Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel M. Haybron
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Happiness is an everyday term in our lives, and most of us strive to be happy. But defining happiness can be difficult.

In this Very Short Introduction, Dan Haybron considers the true nature of happiness. By examining what it is, assessing its importance in our lives, and how we can (and should) pursue it, he considers the current thinking on happiness, from psychology to philosophy.

Illustrating the diverse routes to happiness, Haybron reflects on comtemporary ideas about the pursuit of a good life and considers the influence of social context on our satisfaction and well-being.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199590605
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (29 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E61G8Z0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, great books, ok dispatch time. 16 July 2014
By Jessica
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear overview about Happiness 19 Nov 2013
By antti s. mattila - Published on
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Philosopher Daniel Haybron's short introduction to happiness is highly recommended! The author really knows his subject after several books and articles about the philosophy of happinesss and the good life. This is one of the first books to paint the whole picture that connects such concepts as happiness, flourishing, wellbeing and good life and explores their relations.
Haybron is also one of the few scholars of happiness, who knows both the theories, philosophical perspectives and empirical studies about happiness and good life.
This is the most accessible way to get an overview of happiness research and it is fresh and current.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Important Book 18 Nov 2013
By Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim - Published on
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This book is one of the most important books I've ever read. It makes a really good case for the importance of happiness using rationalist, researched, and common sense examples.

I found myself thinking about happiness as the main goal in life more than I'd done before after reading the book. It's a great combination of classical philosophical views of how to live a happy life (virtue and whatnot) along with many practical examples such as pointing out that evidence that being out in nature produces happiness.

If you want to prevent yourself from living a life "deprived of beauty and wonder" (quoted from the book) or improve your ability to ponder the aforementioned "beauty and wonder" the VSI "Happiness" is a good start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness itself! 13 April 2014
By kim sangbum - Published on
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Professor Daniel Haybron's HAPPINESS is a wonderful introductory book containing lots of interesting and insightful stories and teachings. Highly recommendable to everyone!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Font too small to read 11 Dec 2013
By Shelia K. Hauser - Published on
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The book may be great - unfortunately, I don't know because I can't read it. The font is so small, it requires a magnifying glass to read it. Had I any idea that this was printed in a micro mini font, I would not have ordered the book.
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