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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - but not a self help book, 25 Jun 2010
This review is from: Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (Paperback)
When I bought this one I was half expecting a self-help book, or at the very least some significant elements of this. Unfortunately the self help element of the book is left to a chapter or two at the end, the answers being mainly buddhism and mediation. Most of the book builds a picture of what makes people happy, but very much from an economists point of view, with some elements of psychology thrown in. Confusingly the book says that real income has risen over the years which is in direct contradiction to other books that I have read. I don't know who to believe!

Whilst interesting for the general reader I feel its written more for policy and decision makers looking to create strategies that target increasing happiness. To the rest of us its a quite a detailed economic and psychological analysis of happiness but is not a book to buy if you are looking for instruction or self-help on improving your life.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2011 12:17:34 BDT
Zorra says:
Thank you for this review, I am more inclined to buy this now, as I am not looking for a self-help book as I am happy already but wish to deepen my general knowledge.
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