The Happy Life

The Happy Life

The Search for Contentment in the Modern World

eBook - 2013
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By Australia’s greatest contemporary author, an elegant, succinct meditation on what makes for a happy life. ;-)

“Happiness surely is among the simplest of human emotions and the most spontaneous,” says David Malouf. But what exactly are we looking for when we chase happiness? At this particular moment in history, privileged, industrialized nations have lessened much of what makes us unhappy: widespread poverty, illness, famine. Yet we are still unfulfilled, turning increasingly to yoga, church, Match.com, drugs, clinical therapy and retail therapy. What is at the root of our collective stress, and how can we find our way to contentment?
 
Drawing on mythology, philosophy, art and literature, Malouf traces our conception of happiness throughout history, distilling centuries of thought into a lucid narrative. He discusses the creation myths of ancient Greece and the philosophical schools of Athens, analyzes Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary declaration that “the pursuit of happiness” is a right, explores the celebration of sensual delight in Rembrandt and Rubens and offers a perceptive take on a modern society growing larger and more impersonal.
 
With wisdom and insight, Malouf investigates that simplest, most spontaneous of feelings and urges us to do the same.



Baker & Taylor
An intense meditation on the pursuit and qualities of a happy life draws on the work of forefront philosophers, leaders and other intellectuals to explore myriad belief systems while demonstrating how modern people have pursued happiness. By the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2013]
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780307907820
0307907821
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (96 p.)

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Jul 20, 2015

Very brief book on a potentially huge topic. The writing is fluid and a pleasure to read, but its unclear what he considers a the happy to be and the reasons for believing it.

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