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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia (18 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814346322
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814346320
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leo Bormans is a writer and researcher. He has immersed himself for the past two years in the research work of these 100 academics and translated their findings in a manner readily understandable to a broad audience.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WritingRightNow on 28 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
Happiness has become an important commodity as harsh economic times make us view our future in a different way.

Leo Bormans quantifies happiness in his book 'The World Book of Happiness.' This is the result of two years research involving 100 specialists from 50 countries to unlock the secrets of what makes people happy. You won't find any hippy-style philosophy, but a book that contains evidence based knowledge from experts across the globe.

Within `Happiness' Bormans tackles the issues of: health, success, the future, compassion, genetics, freewill, humour, pain, choice, family, friends and much more. Bormans not only focuses on individual needs, but the well being of organisations and nations, resulting in a unique global vision of `Happiness.' Top tips to achieve `Happiness' within your personal and professional life include:

1. It's a crime being stuck in a job you hate just because the money is good. Don't waste your best years and sacrifice your `Happiness' in the process.

2. Make time to be with family, friends and develop a healthy social life; research suggests that married people are happier than single people.

3. Exercise relieves mild depression and anxiety while promoting health and energy. It also aids sleep, which is crucial to avoid fatigue and gloomy moods.

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council seems to be a convert as he sent 200 world leaders a copy of `Happiness.' However, it's worth noting that there is always going to be a certain amount of sadness in life. Bormans endorses my own view that no matter how bad things may become they will not stay that way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By romantuk on 19 Jun 2012
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The World Book of Happiness contains a hundred academic points of view on happiness in plain language. The country breakdown is roughly 50% Europe incl. Russia, 15% each on North America and Asia, 5% each on Oceania, Latin America, Arabia, Africa.
Each essay is referenced to its researcher and research department. A maximum of 4 pages including a summary of key-aspects makes it a quick read for everyone.
To me the most interesting finding from this book is the variety of approaches to happiness. Ranging from personal to political, from genetical to philosophical, from cultural to financial dimensions... no matter what your interest is, this book will probably give you a good piece of advice how to find happiness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maya on 2 Aug 2012
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This was a great experience, reading this book. I like all the stories and can say, that for me, everything is true. Happiness is up to you :)
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