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Secularists are not going to like this book,
This review is from: Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America--and How We Can Get More of It (Hardcover)
Brooks sets out to discover who is happy, and why. The information is likely to surprise you.
For one thing, "Religious people of all faiths are much, much happier than secularists" (p 44). The difference is huge. "Of those who believed there is no way to find out if God exists, a paltry 12% claimed to be very happy people" (p 46). Hmmm...no wonder Dawkins and Hitchens' books drip with unhappiness and malice.
And here's one those famous atheists will really gag on: "Religious individuals today are actually better educated and less ignorant of the world around them than secularists" (p 51).
Married people are happier than those who are single, too. Researchers studied people who seemed alike "but one is married and the other is not, the married person will be 18 percentage points more likely than the unmarried person to say he or she is very happy" (61). This will come a as a blow to the feminists.
Among the nations, North Korea is at the bottom of the happiness scale, with Cuba a close second (p 91). What, atheist communism hasn't brought happiness? Shocker.
On the other hand, mere wealth doesn't help much, once a country has achieved a decent level of health and nutrition. At least the wealth of Japan is not helping. And Mexicans are much happier, on average, than the French.
And here is one I would not have guessed: "For most Americans, job satisfaction is nearly equivalent to life satisfaction. Among those who say they are very happy in their lives, 95% are also satisfied with their jobs" (p 159).
This is a interesting and fun.
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2014 8:54:57 AM PDT
Byron D. Miller says:
As an atheist, the more i re-read your comment, the more happy I got because it occurred to me you're so focused on the appearance of being happy rather than being happy itself. If it takes reaffirmation of your "Faith" and "beliefs" to be happy, those views really aren't that strong to begin with and if deepening ones ignorance is what makes people happy, i'll "happily" be that unhappy atheist :)
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