Happiness in America

Happiness in America

A Cultural History

Book - 2018
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"Beyond serving as the definitive guide to happiness in this country, Happiness in America offers readers a provocative argument that challenges standard thinking. Despite popular belief, Americans have never been a particularly happy people. Our perpetual (and futile) search for happiness indicates widespread dissatisfaction and discontent with life in general, something that will come as a surprise to many. The image of Americans as a happy-go-lucky people is thus more mythology than reality, an important finding rooted in the inherent flaws of consumer capitalism. Our competitive and comparative American Way of Life has not proven to be an especially good formula for happiness, Samuel argues, with external signs of success unlikely to produce appreciably happier people. Given these findings, he suggests readers consider abandoning their pursuit of happiness and instead seek out greater joy in life." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland :, Rowman & Littlefield,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781538115794
1538115794
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 SA
Characteristics: x, 185 pages ; 24 cm

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