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By Jennifer Michael Hecht
"We examine our model of a cheerful lifestyles as extra like physics than like pop songs; we predict the folks of the following century to trust our easy tenets—for example, that broccoli is sweet for a contented existence and that opium is bad—but they won't. Our ideas for dwelling are extra just like the heritage of dad songs. They make bizarre experience simply to the folk of every given period of time. they don't seem to be actual. This ebook indicates you the way previous myths functioned, and also how our myths of this day functionality, and therefore enables you to out of the seize of pondering you'll want to pay heed to any of them."
The Happiness Myth is an interesting cultural historical past that either unearths our frequently foolish assumptions approximately how we pursue happiness at the present time and provides up actual old classes that experience stood the try out of time. Hecht provides memorable insights into the 5 sensible capability we decide to accomplish happiness: knowledge, medicines, funds, our bodies, and social gathering.
Hecht liberates us from modern day scolding, quasi-scientific messages that insist there's just one solution to take care of our minds and our bodies. Hecht seems to be at modern happiness recommendation and explains why a lot of it does not paintings. "Modern culture," she writes, "is misrepresenting me and spending handsome profit to do it."
Rich with hilarious anecdotes approximately either failed and winning paths to happiness, Hecht's ebook lines a standard thread of advice—she calls it "sour allure wisdom"—that we will be able to nonetheless observe at the present time to create actual, lasting happiness.
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