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The pursuit of happiness and why it's making us anxious

Author: Ruth Whippman
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When British journalist Ruth Whippman finds herself in California, wherever she goes – to the playground or for a smear test – she finds people telling her how they are working at being happier, and starts to question if she’s happy? Happy enough? Could she be happier if she tried harder? How can she ensure that her children are permanently, blissfully happy? She discovers that the more people strive for happiness,  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Whippman
ISBN: 9780091959159 0091959152
OCLC Number: 945114127
Description: 274 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Coming to America: obssessed with happiness, but nobody's happy --
Personal journey? It's not all about you --
Happiness for sale --
Workaholics --
"I don't care as long as he's happy": dispatches from the parenting happiness rat race --
God's plan of happiness --
I'm not a happy person, I just play one of Facebook --
Positive psychology (or, If you're not happy, it's your own fault, you lazy schmuck) --
Star-spangled happy.
Responsibility: Ruth Whippman.

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She visits a strange Nevada happiness dystopia (with one of the highest suicide rates in America), delves into the darker truths behind the influential 'science of happiness', and even ventures to  Read more...

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"I LOVED this book. I found it SO WELL WRITTEN, so witty and funny and reading it I was often envious of Ruth Whippman's facility with language. It is a hugely engaging read, accessible and so Read more...

 
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