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The Pursuit of Happiness: Discovering the Pathway to Fulfillment, Well-Being, and Enduring Personal Joy Paperback – June 1, 1993
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David G. Myers, the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, is the author of fifteen books, and articles in dozens of periodicals, from Science and Scientific American to The Christian Century and Christianity Today. He serves on the National Marriage Project advisory board. Myers has been married for forty-two years and is the father of three adult children.
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Other books tell you to picture your dreams or hug your neighbor. Not this one. David backs up all his arguments with numerous studies that have been performed in recent years.
An early chapter on wealth and well being contains information from at least ten studies. One study covers sixteen countries and involves responses from 170, 000 participants. I'm happy to see that David has looked at happiness within the influence of a culture not just the individual itself. In happiness books I believe it is important to correlate happiness between the culture and the individual. Like David points out, a boy in Africa playing with a tin can, can be as happy as Richy Rich in North America and his fully loaded gaming lap top. Obviously our society places too much emphasis on wealth and materialism to fuel our happy cells when perhaps we should be simply fine-tuning our attitudes.
The chapter describing the four traits of happy people is an excellent short list of reasons on why some are cheerful (and some grouchy). I see that they undoubtedly apply to me.
· I like myself . . .(Self Esteem, happy people like themselves).
· My destiny is my own in that I have "earned", a great job, super home, improving golf game and supporting family . . .(Personal Control, happy people choose their destinies).
· I am positive about my future . . .Read more ›
With unhappiness on the upward trend, this book could benefit most anyone. It provides worthwhile facts in a clear, fascinating way. This book is one step closer to achieving a healthier, happier society.
After reading this book for a school assingment, I was very pleased to find I could also take a great deal away and relate it to my own life. Meyers points out several factors interfereing with achieving happiness. This book has helped me identify the sources of my unhappiness, and given me the ability to better enjoy life. My previous perspectives have been improved. I am sure The Pursuit of Happiness could be an aid for anyone feeling mildly unhappy, or those who are merely curious in understanding the fundamentals behind human happiness. This book discusses everything from age, gender, race, social status, marriage, friends, and religion and their impacts on happiness. There are some bits of information which seem to be common sense. However, it is better to know the truth, then assume something incorrectly.
Take these few quotes as a preview of "The pursuit of Happiness" by David G. Myers, a treasure-trove of modern wisdom:
"Happiness is loving what you do, and knowing it matters."
"Well-being resides not in mindless passivity but in mindful challenge."
"Growing up means gaining the wisdom and skills to get what we want within the limitations imposed by reality."
"... two ways to be rich: One is to have great wealth. The other is to have few wants."
"Realizing that well-being is something other than being well-off is liberating. It liberates us from spending on eighteen-hundred-dollar dresses, on stockpiles of unplayed CDs, on luxury cars, on seagoing luxury homes-all purchased in a vain quest for an elusive joy. It liberates us from envying the life-styles of the rich and famous. It liberates us to invest ourselves into developing traits, attitudes, relationships, activities, environments, and spiritual resources that will promote our own, and others', well-being."
Laurent Grenier, author of the book "A Reason for Living."
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Brilliant book but scientific based not the usual poetic "sounds good but tell me nothing" jumkPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book about what can truly bring about happiness. Scientifically based.Published 19 months ago by Savannah Tarr
If you are looking for or looking to gift a self help book built around the Christian worldview, then look no more.
"The Pursuit of Happiness" is refreshing and enlightening. Read more
Book seems good but full of platitudes and advice more than a concrete plan to get to "happiness" Would not reccomend it.Published on January 31, 2014 by The Great One
Myers book precedes the publications labeled positive psychology but this book contains solid research on the scientific study of happiness. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by tbruns1
This product was shipped in a timely matter and came just as it was described....thank youPublished on February 14, 2010 by Caitlyn Kell
Although I'm paraphrasing, 20th century psychologist William James once said that the primary aim of all men at all times is how to get and keep happiness... Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Jayne P. Bowers
If you haven't read David G. Myers, you've missed an enriching experience! Actually, millions of people have read Myers without even knowing it, because he's the scholar who has... Read morePublished on March 15, 2008 by David Crumm