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The happiness myth : why what we think is right is wrong : a history of what really makes us happy

Author: Jennifer Michael Hecht
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, [2007] ©2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Hecht, author of Doubt: A History (2003), confronts modern assumptions about what it means to be happy, investigating four factors frequently involved in happiness--drugs, money, bodies, and celebration--historically in sections on the wisdom of happiness through the ages, "good" and "bad" drugs and telling the difference, the relationship of money and happiness, the physicality of the body, and the ritual of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Michael Hecht
ISBN: 9780060813970 0060813970
OCLC Number: 122932531
Description: viii, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Know yourself --
Control your desires --
Take what's yours --
Remember death --
What makes a good drug bad --
Cocaine and opium --
Religion and revelation --
Drugs today : music and solace --
Happily ever after --
Shopping in abundance --
What money stole --
How we buy back what money stole --
Eating --
Exercise --
Sex --
Treatments --
Greek festival --
Medieval carnival --
Today's news and vigils --
Weddings, sports, pop culture, and parades.
Responsibility: Jennifer Michael Hecht.
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Hecht, author of Doubt: A History (2003), confronts modern assumptions about what it means to be happy, investigating four factors frequently involved in happiness--drugs, money, bodies, and celebration--historically in sections on the wisdom of happiness through the ages, "good" and "bad" drugs and telling the difference, the relationship of money and happiness, the physicality of the body, and the ritual of celebration. There are three kinds of happiness, she maintains, those roused by a good day, by euphoria, and by a happy life.

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