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book cover Happiness - Lessons from a new science

Richard Layard
Book: Hardback | 135 x 216mm | 320 pages | ISBN 0713997699 | 03 Mar 2005 | Allen Lane

Download Annex in Adobe PDF format [pdf]
See also Richard Layard's homepage and the Happiness web pages, with the original three lectures on the theme of the pursuit of Happiness.

In this landmark book, Richard Layard shows that there is a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most people want more income. Yet as societies become richer, they do not become happier. This is not just anecdotally true, it is the story told by countless pieces of scientific research. We now have sophisticated ways of measuring how happy people are, and all the evidence shows that on average people have grown no happier in the last fifty years, even as average incomes have more than doubled. In fact, the First World has more depression, more alcoholism and more crime than fifty years ago. This paradox is true of Britain, the United States, continental Europe, and Japan. What is going on?
Part One: The Problem
01 What's the problem?
02 What is happiness?
03 Are we getting happier?
04 If you're so rich, why aren't you happy?
05 So what does make us happy?
06 What's going wrong?
07 Can we pursue a common good?

Part Two: What Can Be Done?
08 The Greatest Happiness: Is that the goal?
09 Does economics have a clue?
10 How can we tame the rat race?
11 Can we afford to be secure?
12 Can mind control mood?
13 Do drugs help?
14 Conclusions for today's world

End matter
  My thanks
  Sources of tables, charts and diagrams
  List of annexes

For further information please contact Helen Durrant, Publications Administrator, CEP, Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7395, Email: h.durrant@lse.ac.uk