Book Review: Happiness

By Christine Carter | December 1, 2008 | 0 comments

by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, 304 pages

Are you one of those people who question whether it’s really important to be happy? Perhaps you’d rather spend your time cultivating other emotions? Or deep down, you suspect that the cheerful among us are a bit on the, um, shallow side?

In their new book, Happiness, father-son team Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener thoroughly document not just what it is that happy people have in common, but the concrete benefits of happiness. (For starters, happy people are more successful and more creative, and they have more friends.)

Happiness is slightly less practical than many of the other new research-based happiness books on the market right now, but it does a terrific job explaining loads of scientific findings related to happiness, making this research clear and accessible. The authors also tackle a series of critical questions. For example, why might extroverted people be happier? Does being happy bring you more friends, or does having more friends bring more happiness?

At a time when many of us are worrying about our financial wealth, the Diener team has redefined wealth in psychological terms and explained how people can build their psychological affluence. Are you psychologically wealthy? Take the quiz at the end of the book to find out where you rank among America’s happiest people.

Tracker Pixel for Entry
 
 
 

Greater Good wants to know:
Do you think this article will influence your opinions or behavior?

  • Very Likely

  • Likely

  • Unlikely

  • Very Unlikely

  • Not sure

 
About The Author

Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work (Ballantine Books, 2015) and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Random House, 2010). A former director of the GGSC, she served for many years as author of its parenting blog, Raising Happiness.

  

Like this article?

Here's what you can do:

Donate
 
  
 
blog comments powered by Disqus
 

Most...

  
  

Greater Good Events

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training
International House
December 9-10, 2016


Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer.


» ALL EVENTS
 
 

Take a Greater Good Quiz!

How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!

» TAKE A QUIZ
 

Watch Greater Good Videos

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.

Watch
 

Greater Good Resources

 
 
» MORE STUDIES
 
 
» MORE ORGS
 

Book of the Week

How Pleasure Works By Paul Bloom Bloom explores a broad range of human pleasures from food to sex to religion to music. Bloom argues that human pleasure is not purely an instinctive, superficial, sensory reaction; it has a hidden depth and complexity.

» READ MORE
 
Is she flirting with you? Take the quiz and find out.
"It is a great good and a great gift, this Greater Good. I bow to you for your efforts to bring these uplifting and illuminating expressions of humanity, grounded in good science, to the attention of us all."  
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

thnx advertisement