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Modern Britain!! Read this book and act!! Not too late!!,
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This review is from: Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (Paperback)
I have worked in the British Mental Health Service for 15 years and I have read many sources on what leads to happiness, what impacts on happiness and ultimately how we can chemically affect happiness, and this is is out there on its own!!
Layard and his sources create a book that not only informs the reader on a tangible and readable level, but also offers some sort of hope for policy within a country that is rapidly mimicking the USA's downward spiral echoing the "material wealth DOES not lead to happiness" theory and the constant evidence to support this, that we appear to ignore on a daily basis. Layard takes very significant and comprehensive research and presents it in a way that everybody can understand. Every outcome of his points reflect the literature he reviews. No presumtpions are made without substantive evidence. While this could sound overly scientific to the casual reader, it is not. The books strength is, it is VERY READABLE on this, a subject, that is essenital to the health of the nation. If his final recommendations where acted upon within Government Policy, the UK would move away from its worrying figures developing in mental health.
The economist in Layard is obvious, though in the same way Tim Harford (The Undercover Economist) and Steve's Levitt and Dubner (Freakanomics) employ their trade in making a traditionally unappealing subject 'appealing', Layard succeeds effortlessly.
To summize, and this may be a somewhat extreme statement, if everybody in Britian read a chapter a week of this book, and applied it to their daily life, the results could be miraculous for the health of a nation. If there was a doctorate in Happiness for the taking, this would be the cirriculum.