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The Happiness Curve

The Happiness Curve

Why Life Gets Better After Midlife

  • Author: Jonathan Rauch
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472960963
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 256
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This book will change your life by showing you how life changes. Why does happiness get harder in your 40s? Why do you feel in a slump even when you're successful? Where does this malaise come from? And, most importantly, will it ever end? Drawing on cutting-edge research, award-winning journalist Jonathan Rauch answers all these questions. He shows that from our 20s into our 40s, happiness follows a well-documented U-shaped trajectory, a "happiness curve", declining from the optimism of youth into what's often a long, low trough in middle age, before starting to rise again in our 50s. This isn't a midlife crisis, though. Rauch reveals that this downturn is instead a natural stage of life – and an essential one. By shifting priorities away from competition and toward compassion, you can equip yourself with new tools of wisdom and gratitude to head positively into your later years. And Rauch can testify to this personally – it was his own slump, despite acclaim as a journalist and commentator that compelled him to investigate the happiness curve. His own story and the stories of many others from all walks of life – from a steelworker and a limo driver to a telecoms executive and a philanthropist – show how the ordeal of midlife malaise can reboot our values and even our brains for a rebirth of gratitude. Full of insights and eye-opening data, and featuring practical ways to endure the dip and avoid its perils and traps, The Happiness Curve doesn't just show you the dark forest of midlife, it helps you find a path through the trees.

The Economy of Happiness

The Economy of Happiness

  • Author: James MacKaye
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Happiness
  • Page: 533
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Peter Singer Under Fire

Peter Singer Under Fire

The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics

  • Author: Jeffrey A. Schaler
  • Publisher: Open Court
  • ISBN: 0812697693
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 640
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One of the leading ethical thinkers of the modern age, Peter Singer has repeatedly been embroiled in controversy. Protesters in Germany closed down his lectures, mistakenly thinking he was advocating Nazi views on eugenics. Conservative publisher Steve Forbes withdrew generous donations to Princeton after Singer was appointed professor of bioethics. His belief that infanticide is sometimes morally justified has appalled people from all walks of life. Peter Singer Under Fire gives a platform to his critics on many contentious issues. Leaders of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet attack Singer’s views on disability and euthanasia. Economists criticize the effectiveness of his ideas for solving global poverty. Philosophers expose problems in Singer’s theory of utilitarianism and ethicists refute his position on abortion. Singer’s engaging “Intellectual Autobiography” explains how he came by his controversial views, while detailed replies to each critic reveal further surprising aspects of his unique outlook.

Make Your Marriage Unbreakable

Make Your Marriage Unbreakable

Ten Steps to a Lifetime of Joy in an Unbreakable, Divorce-Proof Marriage

  • Author: Jim Krupka
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • ISBN: 1973682583
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 160
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In the beginning, woman and man were brought together and given the gift of marriage. Humanity lived in harmony as two became one – naked without shame. That was the Paradise of Eden, and it is a gift that remains for us today. We only need to choose it, cherish it, and nurture it. This book outlines the steps you must take to realize the amazing joy of marriage. Inside, you’ll find ten steps that will help you: • gain strength and joy from your unique backgrounds and personalities; • fully enjoy sex as a married couple; • forgive your partner if they make a mistake; • plan to grow old together from the very start; • navigate tough topics, including finances and family planning. The book draws on the experiences of several hundred couples that the author has helped find more joy in marriage – usually in a church setting. Scriptures and insights from religious leaders and marriage experts complement the stories to provide a blueprint to enjoying a lasting union. Whether you’re thinking about getting married, looking to add more joy to your marriage, struggling to make marriage work, or seeking a lasting marriage after divorce, this book will help you make marriage unbreakable.

Welfare Economics

Welfare Economics

Towards a More Complete Analysis

  • Author: Y. Ng
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1403944067
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 355
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Yew-Kwang Ng looks to make welfare economics more complete by discussing the recent inframarginal analysis of division of labour and by pushing welfare economics from the level of preference to that of happiness, making a reformulation of the foundation of public policy necessary. A theory of the third best is provided, with extension to the equality/efficiency issue. The remarkable conclusion of treating a dollar as a dollar provides a powerful simplification of public policy formulation in general and in cost-benefit analysis in particular.

Gender, Lifespan and Quality of Life

Gender, Lifespan and Quality of Life

An International Perspective

  • Author: Elizabeth Eckermann
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400778295
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 276
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This publication addresses the gender dimensions of people’s lived experience and emphasizes how gender relationships differentially impact on women’s and girls’ as well as men’s and boys’ subjective well-being across the lifespan. It therefore fills a significant gap in the literature on quality of life and subjective well-being. The book brings together research which compares female’s and male’s subjective experiences of well-being at various life stages from a variety of countries and regions, particularly focusing on women’s subjective well-being. Sex-disaggregation of data on objective conditions of quality of life is now routinely undertaken in many countries of the world. However, despite the burgeoning of objective data on sex differences in life conditions across the world, very little gender analysis is carried out to explain fully such difference and there is still a serious dearth of data on gender differences in subjective experiences of quality of life and well-being. This publication will assist researchers, teachers, service providers and policy makers in filling some of the gaps in currently available literature on the nexus between age and gender in producing differential experiences of subjective wellbeing.

Reason and Culture

Reason and Culture

An Introduction to Philosophy

  • Author: John Arthur,Amy Shapiro,William Throop
  • Publisher: Pearson College Division
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 680
  • View: 839
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This introduction to philosophy offers a selection of readings based on an interdisciplinary, applied approach and illustrating the challenges religion, science, and morality pose to one another. It demonstrates to readers how philosophy is practiced today, rather than in years past, and engages them in a relevant and immediately comprehensible manner. The book maintains the critical, rational edge of traditional philosophical writing, while at the same time incorporating material and approaches not usually found in introductory volumes. Reason sections provide traditional philosophical truth claims made in each subject; Culture sections investigate the social issues that arise from these claims. What Is Morality? Morality and the Good Life. Morality in Higher Education. Morality in Film. Morality in Law. Morality in Markets. Morality and Rational Self-Interest. Classical Theories of Morality. Critical Perspectives on Morality. Feelings and Reason in Morality. What Is Science? Science and a Meaningful Life. The Scientific World View and Its Critics. Science, Technology and the Transformation of Culture. Biology and Ethics. Scientific Determinism and Human Responsibility. Objectivity and Values in Science. Truth and Progress in Science. How Much Can Science Explain? What Is Religion? Religion and the Meaning of Life. Pluralism and Religious Diversity. Religion and Politics. Religion and Education. Evidence for the Existence of God? Evidence Against the Existence of God? Faith and Reason? Religious Practice without God? For anyone interested in philosophy.

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

  • Author: Charles Montgomery
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1429969539
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 368
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A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people Charles Montgomery's Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks, and tower dwelling an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl? The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world's most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a "sexy" lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris's urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have transformed their lives by hacking the design of their streets and neighborhoods. Full of rich historical detail and new insights from psychologists and Montgomery's own urban experiments, Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities. The message is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting our cities for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city, the green city, and the low-carbon city are the same place, and we can all help build it.

Semiotics of Happiness

Semiotics of Happiness

Rhetorical beginnings of a public problem

  • Author: Ashley Frawley
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 147252330X
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 240
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The Semiotics of Happiness examines the rise of 'happiness' (and its various satellite terminologies) as a social and political semiotic, exploring its origins in the US and subsequent spread into the UK and across the globe. The research takes as its starting point the development of discussions about happiness in UK newspapers in which dedicated advocates began to claim that a new 'science of happiness' had been discovered and argued for social and political change on its behalf. Through an in-depth analysis of the written and visual rhetoric and subsequent activities of these influential 'claims-makers', Frawley argues that happiness became a serious political issue not because of a growing unhappiness in society nor a demand 'on the ground' for new knowledge about it, but rather because influential and dedicated 'insiders' took the issue on at a cultural moment when problems cast in emotional terms were particularly likely to make an impact. Emerging from the analysis is the observation that, while apparently positive and light-hearted, the concern with happiness implicitly affirms a 'vulnerability' model of human functioning, encourages a morality of low expectations, and in spite of the radical language used to describe it, is ultimately conservative and ideally suited to an era of 'no alternative' (to capitalism).