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Hecht makes excellent and thoughtful arguments throughout this book.
This long view allows for a refreshing perspective on our own cultural times and asks us to question whether the goods offered to us to make us happy really do so.
I'll start with what this book is not, it is not one idea that is applied or reworded over and over it is not a self help book.
Hecht provides an enjoyable read. The author is well versed in humanities, history and philosophy and uses these fields to present a distinct take on what makes humans happy and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by loadsoftrouble
Hecht builds immediate rapport with her readers by touching on subject matter that we can, culturally speaking, all identify with. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stuart J Arkovitz
Hecht provides the reader with a very unusual and I believe quite valuable look at happiness. She is an excellent writer and historian - check out her book "Doubt" which was... Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Book Fanatic
I found it a interesting and enlightening read. I have always believed history is important and knowing it so we don't repeat....etc etc. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by E. Thompson
Yes, Hecht brings up some good points in her book. It is important to realize how culturally biased one's society is; how all societies are! Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by C. Hays
"The Happiness Myth" takes us back to our history and the myths that are no longer. Can you believe that we used to think that "chores" were the main source to our unhappiness? Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by Scott
She advocates drug use in this book:
"It is clear to me that adults who want to know more about happiness ought to employ drugs... Read more
A refreshing, contrarian look at some of our well-worn notions of what is good for us and what makes us happy. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by cassdog
Historian and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht provides what she calls an antidote to what isn't working today for people who are looking for happiness. Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by bronx book nerd