on 31 October 2013
Anyone who dismisses work on 'happiness' as dangerous, soft and indulgent and leading to the creation of a narcissistic and hedonistic generation of self centred infants, should get hold of this volume to start to appreciate the challenge, rigor, complexity and ethical nature of any serious work to develop authentic happiness. This handbook is a comprehensive compendium of contributions from the leading global experts in disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, economics, organisational theory, education, and spirituality who are concerned to explore the implications of focusing on happiness and its solid constituent parts, such as resilience, positivity, compassion, engagement, connectedness and the search for meaning. It forms a landmark achievement, a goldmine of cutting edge work and thinking about what it is going to take to push the human race towards a more satisfying and authentic relationship with itself and the rest of the planet.
Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor, School of Psychology, University of Exeter, School of Education, University of Southampton.
on 10 April 2013
This is the most comprehensive handbook on happiness ever published. exploring psychological, philosophical, evolutionary, economic, and spiritual approaches to happiness in a single volume. Contributors are established, forward-thinking experts in their fields, resulting in a book that is a commanding and powerful review of the field. The book has been written in a scholarly but accessible tone. I loved it ! Though don't think i managed to read all the chapters yet :)
on 21 May 2013
In front of me is The Oxford Handbook of Happiness which is apparently a product of more than 3 years of work, decades of research, and many centuries of thinking. You can believe it when you hold the book! It looks at happiness from all sides. All subjects are discussed with loads of details, practical case, training, ideas and examples. This book contains four major scientific developments: The growing field of positive psychology, Advances in biological and affective sciences, which have contributed to the understanding of positive emotions; Positive organizational scholarship and Finding from across research domains indicating that GDP and similar traditional markers of economic and societal well-being are insufficient. If you are passionate about positive psychology I encourage you to read the whole book, each part is understandable without reading the other.