100 Years of Happiness
Insights and Findings from the Experts
The question "What is happiness?" is one that most of us ponder at least once in our lives. This is the first book that approaches the study of happiness by listening to the experts, both historical and contemporary, and this book approaches the topic of happiness by compiling more than 100 years of research by scholars, researchers, and philosophers. In doing so, this work at hand gives happiness and its critics a fair hearing by attending to all of the arguments.
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This book sums up 100 of years of research into the study of happiness—from 19th century scientific insights on the subject to the pop psychology perspectives of modern-day America.
We all want to be happy, but what does that mean, and how do we get there? These questions may be a popular topic of positive psychology books in recent years, but interest in the subject stretches back over a century. Distinguished authors Nathan Carlin and Donald Capps examine opinions, research studies, and insights about happiness from the 18th century through today.
100 Years of Happiness: Insights and Findings from the Experts is organized into three sections—one that explores insights from philosophers, another part that reviews study results from researchers, and a final section that casts some skepticism on the study of happiness. The authors review what the experts have found, and explore such questions as: Is happiness the goal of life? Is it possible to measure happiness? Is it possible to become happier? What is the difference between unhappiness and depression? If humankind could eliminate unhappiness from the human condition, should we? This fascinating text provides a basis for readers to develop their own conclusions, and to continue humankind's ongoing discourse on the subject.
- Concise summaries of classic debates on the meaning of happiness
- An examination of cultural and individual belief systems regarding happiness
- Explores the work of major authors on the subject
- Contains both philosophical insights and empirical findings regarding happiness
- Covers the most recent data and research
- Author Info
"The authors included are interesting and provide substantive food for thought. At the end, you will want to join Carlin and Capps in the coffee shop to discuss your own perspective of happiness and to follow up by journaling your seven keys to happiness. . . . 100 Years of Happiness is a good read. It won't make you happy, but it will get you thinking."
"Nathan Carlin and Donald Capps inflict some serious damage on the notion that attaining happiness is beyond human agency or reach. Encyclopedic in scope, engrossing in detail, and enriching in wisdom, 100 Years of Happiness makes you want to roll up your sleeves, get to work (and play), and be glad."
"What a fascinating book! With a cerebral approach, this book analyzes the key components of happiness over time, and it is an enlightening read for leaders in the workplace who aspire to motivate individuals at their fundamental core for a greater, sustainable good."
"Historically acute, 100 Years of Happiness offers hope for all who seek a harmonious life and know it is no joke. Carlin and Capps combine wisdom, humility, and fearless irony as they invite their readers to author happiness for themselves. Zesty and visionary, this book whets one's appetite for happiness.
"Carlin and Capps present a fascinating and delightful excursion into the great variety of thoughts on happiness throughout the past one hundred years. Easy to read but full of reflection, this book explores the gamut on happiness: from what happiness means and how we cultivate it to whether Americans are artificially happy. We are reminded that, in contrast to amassing wealth or being envious, meaningful relationships, work, helping our neighbor, and accepting ourselves go a long way towards happiness. And let's not forget about the importance of sorrow in the happy life."