sabato, marzo 03, 2018

The Origins of Happiness The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course by Andrew E.Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward

What is happiness and what kind of factors determine the happiness of an individual or a family?
In this new book by Princeton University Press The Origins of Happiness The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course by Andrew E.Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee and George Ward an analysis of the factors that make us happy.
Angela Merkel two years ago  asked: "What Matters to Us?"

It is true that from a certain time at this part the sensation that there is less less happiness in the population is more than real.

What make us happy?

"Our progress is given by how much people are enjoying their lives" add the authors re-thinking at the saying of Anglo-Saxon Enlightenment of the 18th century.

Are we living in a moment of regress?

A lot of indicators are taken in consideration, from individual income, education, schools, mental and physical health, advanced age, work, unemployment, children, taking in consideration the status of the individual married, separated, single for giving a proper answer.

Some examples of what you will find?

The unhappiest factor of an individual is being unemployed.
And it happens something strange, singular:  this unhappiness won't go away when a new work will be found at first. I guess because of the broken dreams and expectations and delusions experienced before and the time lost.


How much the family income will tell something about the future studies of their children?. More a couple can shares with children culture giving  to them the possibility of learning and more children will love in general, to studying and to reading, appreciating arts,  museums and theaters,  cinema and writing, because after all culture is this one and much more. In opposite case it will be more difficult, and not because there are not abilities but because no one encouraged these children at making the difference in that existential field.


This book is plenty of graphics, statistics. Every chapter is opened by a cute, sweet, hilarious cartoons, for a healthy smile.

Divided in three parts, the first one will treat what makes an individual happy, the second what makes a successful child, ending with the conclusions in the third part.

Highly suggested! to everyone.

I thank so much Princeton University Press for the physical copy of this beautiful book.



Anna Maria Polidori

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