The Happy Economist: Happiness for the Hard-Headed

The Happy Economist: Happiness for the Hard-Headed

The Happy Economist: Happiness for the Hard-Headed

The Happy Economist: Happiness for the Hard-Headed

Synopsis

A provocative look at an area few economists dare to tread-the importance of happiness nbsp; Most economists are obsessed with financial and economic measures, butnbsp;herenbsp;the authornbsp;mounts a provocative and persuasive case for happiness being the most important measure of all. Distilling the practical wisdom fromnbsp;many recent scientific studies of happiness by psychologists and economists,nbsp;he argues that happiness is not about maintaining a forced smile or a self-centered concern to maximize pleasure and minimize pain, but about living a satisfying life of endeavor, achievement, and mutually rewarding relationships.nbsp;He alsonbsp;explainsnbsp;that most peoplenbsp;are happy most of the time,nbsp;yet could do morenbsp;to increasenbsp;their ownnbsp;satisfaction, andnbsp;that anbsp;different approach by governments-with less emphasis on economic growth and efficiency, and more on preserving the planet and the social fabric-could add to "national happiness."
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