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The discovery of happiness

Author: Stuart McCready
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, ©2001.
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This book traces the history of happiness in Western and Asian societies using religion and philosophy as a basis for analysis. The discovery of happiness analyses Hindu, Buddhist, Judaism, Christian scripture plus Greek philosophical points of views on contentment and happiness--and how these anciet views can applied to achieve maximization in ones life in present day. Moreover, happiness is a state of mind that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart McCready
ISBN: 1570716749 9781570716744
OCLC Number: 45446307
Description: 255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. In pursuit of happiness: an invitation to discovery / Stuart McCready. --
2. Nirvana and the social order: happiness in Indian philosophy and religion / Daud Ali. --
3. Dao, Confucianism, and Buddhism: happiness in Chinese philosophy and religion / Wang Keping. --
4. Pleasure, happiness, and the good: insights of the Greek philosophers / Stuart McCready. --
5. The soul and the intellect: happiness in medieval philosophy / Sara Sviri. --
6. The Kabbalah and Hasidiam: happiness in Jewish mysticism / Naftali Loewenthal. --
7. Living in the moment: the alchemy of happiness in Sufism / Sara Sviri. --
8. Heavenly bliss and earthly delight: happiness in the Christian Middle ages / Lesley Smith. --
9. In praise of reason: from humanism to Descartes / Jill Kraye. --
10. The greatest happiness of the greatest number: utilitarianism and enlightenment / Geoffrey Scarre. --
11. Personality and happiness: who are the happy people? / Michael Argyle. --
12. Managing good and bad fortune: opportunities for happiness / David Nias. --
13. Strategies for happiness: getting more out of life / David Nias. --
14. Beyond a warm feeling: two more elements of well-being / Sir Anthony Kenny.
Other Titles: Happiness
Responsibility: edited by Stuart McCready.

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This book traces the history of happiness in Western and Asian societies using religion and philosophy as a basis for analysis. The discovery of happiness analyses Hindu, Buddhist, Judaism, Christian scripture plus Greek philosophical points of views on contentment and happiness--and how these anciet views can applied to achieve maximization in ones life in present day. Moreover, happiness is a state of mind that can only be achieved through internal self maximization, contentment, dignity and selfless concern for the welfare of others. Although, religion, relationships, democracy, prestige, love, and even artificial drugs can help achieve happiness in a short term basis, again, it is self awareness, contentment, selfless concern of others which are the true first steps of achieving happiness.--Amazon.

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