What is happiness? How can you tell if you are happy? How important are love, sex, money, and family relationships? Can happiness last? Is there a blueprint for happiness? Is unhappiness a terminal illness? Is there a 'happiness gene'? This book, by one of Britain's leading psychologists, is based fairly and squarely on scientific evidence, and provides realistic insights into these questions. Michael Eysenck is Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. He is the author of numerous academic and popular books and articles, including Mindwatching and Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook.
'This is an account of a 'popular' topic based on scientific research, a combination that always provides a difficult challenge. The result is an easy-to-read and instructive book that does overview the literature on happiness research. The author achieves a balance between such interesting anecdotes as Elvis Presley's maladaptive search for happiness and the findings of academic research…From this emerges a theory of happiness which emphasises personality and heredity rather than life style and culture. There are chapters discussing the harmful effects of unhappiness, the common myths surrounding the subject, and links with such related topics as love, sex and marriage. Something for everyone!' - David Nias, Behaviour Research and Therapy
'I would recommend [this book] as an interesting read.' - Professor Cary Cooper, The Times Higher Education Supplement
Preface. What is Happiness? Who is Happy? The Pleasures of Sex. Love and Marriage. Happiness in Society. Why Happiness Doesn't Last. How to be Happy. Unhappiness Can Kill You. Destroying the Myths about Hapiness. Further Reading. Index.