Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

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Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of researchby the world's leading expert on happiness, Happinesschallenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences ofhappiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness.

  • shares the results of three decades of research on our notionsof happiness
  • covers the most important advances in our understanding ofhappiness
  • offers readers unparalleled access to the world's leadingexperts on happiness
  • provides "real world" examples that will resonate with generalreaders as well as scholars

Winner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence inPsychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division ofthe Association of American Publishers

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Ed Diener, J. R. Smiley Professor of Psychology at the Universityof Illinois, is the world's foremost authority on the science ofhappiness. His son, Robert Biswas-Diener is a life coach and hasbeen called "the Indiana Jones of psychology" because of his datacollection adventures around the world. In this fascinating bookthe father and son team presents scientific evidence revealing thathappiness is not overrated, and is good for people's health, socialrelationships, job success, longevity, and altruism. Happy peopleeven tend to earn higher incomes. But people can be too happy formaximum success, and the pursuit of ultra-happiness can bedetrimental. They advocate an optimal level of happiness in whichpeople do not seek euphoria, but pursue life satisfaction, meaning,and frequent positive emotions, with recognition that some negativeemotions are an integral part of a happy life. The authors describewhy happiness alone is not enough; people need to be happy for theright reasons. They describe the new concept of PsychologicalWealth, which extends beyond material riches, and beyondpopular concepts like emotional intelligence and social capital.

The authors describe the evidence on what causes happiness.Although there are genetic influences on happiness, these geneticsdo not produce an unchanging happiness "set-point." The bookdescribes the authors' data collection around the globe that showsthat people are not necessarily "born" happy, but can and do changetheir levels of happiness.

This book reveals that high income is correlated with happiness,although excessive materialism is toxic to it. The important factoris not so much what one can buy with one’s income, but one'sattitudes to it. Diener and Biswas-Diener also show that althoughreligious people on average often are happier, not all religionsare equal in this respect. They suggest that positive emotionalspirituality – feeling positive emotions such as love andgratitude that connect people with things larger than themselves– is a major ingredient of happiness.

The authors provide a model for a happy approach to life, basedon Attention, Interpretation, and Memory (AIM). They also reviewthe happiness forecasting errors people make in forming decisionsabout future happiness, and offer some ways to avoid those errors.Diener and Biswas-Diener suggest that happiness is about a way oftraveling, learning to react in positive ways to the world, ratherthan simply being a destination or set of circumstances.

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Is being happy beneficial to your health, wealth, and socialrelationships? Is there an optimal level of happiness for obtainingyour goals? Is there a happiness set-point, and can it change? Doyou know your level of psychological wealth?

Utilizing his groundbreaking development of the field ofsubjective well-being, Dr. Ed Diener, ­recognized as theworld's leading expert on happiness, challenges our modernassumptions about the causes and consequences of happiness. Ed andhis son Robert Biswas-Diener share the results of three decades ofresearch on happiness to help unlock the mysteries of this elusiveHoly Grail. In Happiness the father and son team presentsscientific evidence revealing that happiness is not overrated, andis good for people’s health, social relationships, jobsuccess, longevity, and altruism. They also show why"super-happiness" is not a worthy goal.

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