03 Dec Happiness Book Review
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Happiness – Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
This book is written by a father-son team, Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. Both have done extensive research in the happiness field, with latter collecting data, often in a fairly unconventional manner, from around the world. They chose to focus their book on the concept of psychological wealth, which includes not only happiness but also additional factors such as one’s attitude towards life, social support, material resources, and other influences. The authors lay out their book in several parts. Part I simply expands on the concept of psychological wealth and the principles that define it. Parts II and III form the core of the book: in Part II, the authors make the case that happy people function better, particularly in the areas of health, social relationships, and work, and in Part III, they examine the specific causes of happiness. Final, the last section of the book, Part IV, involves putting everything together, including summarizing the previous concepts and proving various measures of psychological wealth.