The Nature and Nurture of Joy and Contentment
St. Martin's Press
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Self-Help Relationships | Non-Fiction
What makes us happy? Is it money, a fancy car, a nice house?
Or is it something less tangible, something we have no
control over? Is happiness in our blood? In this fascinating
look at the world's most sought-after emotion, Dr. David
Lykken recounts a series of extensive studies conducted on
identical twins reared miles apart. The studies reveal that,
no matter where we live or what we do, we have a consistent
"Happiness Set Point": our overall levels of happiness
remains the same.
But our quest for constant contentment doesn't necessarily
end there. While there's nothing we can do to change our
genetic makeup, there's a lot we can do to make the most of
our Happiness Set Point. As kind and candid as a good
friend, Lykken reveals aspects of our lives that allow us to
overcome our genes, that bring us pleasure. Whether it's a
faithful pet, an interesting career, or the perfect lemon
meringue pie, being what Lykken calls "an epicure of
experience" is the key. Furthermore, Lykken outlines the
emotions that deprive us of happiness, such as fear, anger,
and shyness, and the ways that we can counteract them.
With unfailing good humor and fascinating scientific
research, Happiness explores the surprising truth behind our
moods, and presents a new way of thinking, guaranteed to put
a smile on even the most somber face.
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