I don't have a social science, economics or any other such background so this was a new topic for me. I've read about the economics of happiness in recent news articles, and the notion intrigues me that something so intangible as happiness can be equated into a theory which, if applied correctly, can improve your happiness. The idea is that happiness can be measured (various theories around this are discussed) and, therefore, life-decisions can be calculated to create the best (read 'happiest') outcome. After digesting the ideas presented, discussed and disputed in this book I'm still not sure that I can buy into this theory. Things are discussed in middle-of-the-road terms (ie. not too scientific/academic but not too simplified), although the text does at times feel quite dense. It still manages to put forward some key ideas and notable issues in this area which I, from my non-scientific/mathematical/logical background, could appreciate.
It was an interesting read, and one that I still pick up to digest a little more to see if I can swallow its theories any easier every now and then. Personally, I think that life is way too complex, unpredictable and unique to apply a blanket theory for happiness (although, to be fair, such relativity is acknowledged in this book). It only gets 3 stars because firstly it does feel a bit tedious/onerous at times, and secondly because I'm still not convinced that 'happinomics' even has grounds to exist.