- Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell; Auflage: 1. (1. August 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1405146613
- ISBN-13: 978-1405146616
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,3 x 2,8 x 23,6 cm
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"Happiness challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness. It shares the results of three decades of research on happiness, and covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness." (Adolescence, April 2009)
"Happiness is a process, not a place. That's one of the key concepts that leaps from Happiness: Unlocking The Mysteries Of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas- Diener." (Diana's Blog: Quirky Words and Book)
"Happiness challenges the present thinking af the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness. It shares the results of three decades of research on happiness, and covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness. It also offers readers access to the world's leading experts on happiness, and provides 'real world' examples that will resonate with general readers as well as scholars." (Family Therapy)
"In their sweeping new book Diener and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, distill the results of worldwide research into happiness and come up with an explanation, a recipe, for a sustained state of good feeling, psychological wealth, as they call it." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 2008)
"The authors write in a that is clear and accessible to a general audience; furthermore, they frequently infuse humor into their work. I certainly respect Diener and Biswas-Diener as well as admire the amount effort they have each put into their life's work." (Metapsychology, November 2008)
"Pioneering researchers Professor Ed and his son Robert Biswas-Diener explain ... why most things we've been told are wrong." (Psychologies, November 2008)
"Ed Diener [says], 'Happiness is not a set of desirable life circumstances. It's a way of traveling.' Diener's new book, written with his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, a life coach, offers guidance for those interested in taking a road trip. As the Dieners synthesize the latest research ... they challenge the conventional party line on well-being." (O Magazine)
"Among the recent glut of books about happiness, this one shines out. Highly readable and entertaining, its authors are perhaps the pre-eminent researchers on the subject ... The advice on how to gain an appropriate level of happiness is way ahead of that offered by most self-help books." (New Scientist)
"If you're looking for one thoughtful, comprehensive book to help you understand the science of happiness better, this is exactly what you're looking for. It's also a good read, accessible, concise, and even funny, which isn't true of all such books, and there's a lot of information I hadn't seen elsewhere." (Happiness Project)
"This book is absolutely a delight to read. [The authors] have made the science very accessible and practical. You will love the stories they weave into the text. The Dieners take us along on their adventures around the world. We tag along as they unlock the mysteries of happiness. As you read the book you come to understand why Diener is known as the 'Jedi Master of Happiness' and why Biswas-Diener has been called the 'Indiana Jones of Psychology.' Get the book, settle into a comfortable chair, buckle your seatbelt, and enjoy the ride." (Positive Psychology News Daily)
"This is the most authoritative and informative book about happiness ever written. That's not surprising, given that its authors are the world's leading happiness researcher and his psychologist-son, whose vocation is coaching people toward happier lives."
-David G. Myers, Hope College, author, The Pursuit of Happiness: Who is Happy, and Why
"A great gift from the leading professional scientist of happiness in the world and his son, the 'Indiana Jones' of positive psychology."
-Martin E. P. Seligman, University of Pennsylvania and author, Authentic Happiness
"Want the key to happiness and success in life, choose the right advisor. On the subject of happiness, students, researchers, businesses, and governments have been turning to Ed Diener. Now, in this powerful, ground-breaking book, we have the opportunity to receive the coveted advice of Dr. Diener and his son Robert Biswas-Diener. This book is a must read if you want a practical, enjoyable, and uplifting science-based guide to achieving real psychological wealth."
-David J. Pollay, B.A. Yale, M.A.P.P. University of Pennsylvania, President, The Momentum Project, Syndicated Columnist, and Author of The Law of the Garbage Truck
"The collaboration between the foremost authority on happiness research and the "Indiana Jones" of psychology makes for a great mix of interesting examples and solid research. I have never seen a book that does such a good job offering useful practical advice while basing this advice on completely sound empirical research."
-Richard E. Lucas, Michigan State University
"This is a happiness book by the world authority, the pre-eminent scholar in the field along with an in-the-trenches coach who teaches and adapts this material every day for practical use with his clients. These folks know happiness from the inside out. The authors separate the wheat from the chaff, and serve up a meal replete with tasty morsels of practical advice on how to live. A joy to read!"
-Michael B. Frisch, Baylor University, author, Quality of Life Therapy
"Finally the definitive book on happiness from the world's leading expert, Ed Diener, and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, known as the "Indiana Jones" of Positive Psychology. The authors bring over thirty years of research and practice into this engaging book that reveals the secrets of psychological wealth - your true net work -- which includes your attitudes toward life, social support, spiritual development, material resources, and health. This is a landmark book that should be read not only by laypersons but also scholars, educators, business leaders and decision-makers interested in global well-being and human happiness. "
-Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO, The Gallup Organization
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Page 43: The giving of support is more beneficial than receiving support.
Page 97: People who obtained windfalls experience more happiness over longer periods of time.
Chapter seven on religion, spirituality, and happiness: There are extensive details covered on why those with religious beliefs may vary in happiness levels.
Chapter nine on the happiness set point: Helpful data is written on the happiness threshold, and what can be done to improve it.
Measuring Psychological Wealth in Chapter fourteen: I enjoyed the fun quizzes that were listed in regards to measuring my psychological wealth. I admit that I wish to not disclose my results on a public forum. However, I did find these quizzes helpful, and am more aware where I must make improvements.
The following are the areas where I respectfully disagree with the authors:
Chapter 4: Happiness and Social Relationships - Please understand that I acknowledge that friends can be beneficial in life. I can see why the authors imply that social relationships and happiness cannot be separate from each other. Strong scientific details were included to back up their implied message. However, I know from personal experience that happiness can exist without a large social network if there is an abundance of prosperity and a sturdy spiritual foundation.
Chapter 13: Living Happily Ever After: I agree with the compelling information given on why its essential to have direction and goals. Their excerpt on intelligent forecasting and wise choices is also enlightening, but I respectfully disagree about the material sufficiency analysis. Both men at least acknowledge that being able to be at least in the middle class is important, but they state that material sufficiency is unnecessary for happiness (on page 226). I respectfully disagree with this because they also list in the book how social status is important on page 106 (which I concur with). In addition, I have personally been on various stages of the socio-economic scale (after leaving the military), and seen firsthand how some people will decline your friendship if not on their level financial wise. Fortunately, I have become more prosperous since then, but I'm still acutely aware of the social status epidemic. I say this because it is common knowledge that you are defined by what you do when living in the Washington D.C. area.
With all this said, I can understand that there are some that may agree with me, and others that won't. I would still recommend this as a good book to read, but more for those who want a psychological analysis on happiness, as compared to a how-to.
Does money buy happiness? Does religion make you happy? What about marriage or children? What are the benefits of happiness? Is happiness genetically determined? Can you be too happy? If you want an easy one-sentence sound bite answer to questions like these, stop reading. If however you are interested in a well-balanced scientific view on the matter, you might want to take a second look at "Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth" by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener.
This publication is not your regular "10 steps to happiness" self-help book. This 250 pages read oozes with rigorous happiness research. Both authors have a combined happiness research experience of more than half a century. You can feel that they really live and breathe their science instead of just regurgitating article abstracts, and Ed Diener belongs to the happy few that have access to the priceless Gallup World Poll database. So this father-son couple really knows a thing or two about the science of happiness.
Most of the truckloads of happiness books out there try to make you as happy as possible. They embody an "optimizer" view on happiness. This publication is different. It is OK to be, say, quite happy without incessantly jumping around for joy. This book takes a "satisfyer" stance on the subject. Now it happens that research by Barry Schwartz shows that satisfyers eventually end up happier. So by not hardselling you happiness, this book might really make you happier eventually.
For a scientific book, this work is quite easy to digest. Academics might regret the lack of footnotes in the text, but many researchers are fairly mentioned by name. On the other hand, not every reader might want to know the details about the tattoos on the authors' body parts, or about how to cook a delicious bowl of cockroaches. But these parts make the book an entertaining read, occasionally bubbling with humour, which might offer you some extra fleeting moments of, well, happiness.
If you've never read a book about happiness, this one is definitely a good start. If your bookshelf shows off "Stumbling on Happiness" by Dan Gilbert or "The How of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky, just to mention a few, this one should be in your collection. And if you're looking for something to insert between your "Handbook of Positive Psychology" and your "Positive Psychology in a Nutshell", this one might perfectly do the job.
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“The former justice of the US Supreme Court Benjamin Cordozo expressed this well: “In the end the great truth will have been learned: that the quest is greater than what is sought, the effort finer than the prize (or, rather, that the effort *is* the prize), the victory cheap and hollow were it not for the rigor of the game.”
~ Ed Diener & Robert Biswas-Diener from Happiness
Ed Diener is the world’s leading researcher on the science of happiness and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener is know as the “Indiana Jones of psychology” because of his data collection adventures around the world. (Love that. :)
Together, they present a detailed and rigorous look at the science of happiness in their great book, Happiness.
Although the book is packed with practical wisdom and far from a textbook, it’s less warm and fuzzy than some of the other titles we cover as they explore the nuances of the sophisticated research into what makes us truly happy. If you enjoy the Note I think you’ll dig the book!
Let’s take a quick look at some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Psychological Wealth - Become a billionaire!
2. Giving Support - vs. Receiving support.
3. Affect Balance - How’s yours?
4. Loving & Caring Angels - We all need them!
5. Money - & It's subtle effects.
That’s a REALLY quick look at a great book *packed* with scientific wisdom on how we can live with more happiness and develop psychological wealth. Hope you enjoyed and here’s to becoming billionaires in what matters most! :)
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Have you lost your happiness? Did you feel happy for months at a time and then feel completely depressed? I have always been a fairly happy person but I've also encountered debilitating depression. So I know the difference between the two extremes. I've also figured out what makes me unhappy and what makes me the happiest I've ever been. Being loved unconditionally is the happiest feeling for me.
I'm sure you have studied your life in a similar way. Perhaps when people are overly critical of you, you feel angry and that turns into depression. Or maybe like me this year, you remembered everyone on Feb 14 and no one sent you a card. I admit that I never really tried to remember "everyone" before so it was probably a surprise to most people when they got a card from me. Being forgotten can however be a little unnerving especially when the people I remembered do a good job of saying they love me at other times of the year.
But the real question is: "Will reading THIS book make you happy?" To be honest, there is a lot of analysis of pertinent data. There is however somewhat of a lack of practical suggestions that you might expect at the end of each chapter. Instead there is a summary of the points or at least a paragraph or two about conclusions reached after the analysis is presented. At the end of the book there is another section that summarizes the entire book.
Do you wish you felt less anger, sadness, guilt, fear, anxiety or jealousy? The authors of "Happiness" say that these feelings are normal even if you are a happy person. They claim they have a purpose. I personally feel that most people would rather be rid of them so they can feel the freedom of happiness. And yet, maybe we would all become bored if our life was too easy or happiness wasn't so elusive. The authors of this book claim that most people in the world are "mildly" happy. They also seriously caution against being hyper happy or euphoric. Apparently that has some dangers of its own that could cause you an earlier death.
If you think money can't bring you happiness then you may be surprised by some of the excellent research revealed in "Happiness." I had always thought that people in poor countries were actually happier but that has been disproved by the authors.
So should you buy yourself a pair of rose-colored glasses (as I did a few days ago) and think yourself into a state of happiness or is there some practical suggestion that will lead you to a much more pleasing life? Some of the ideas given in this book might help if you are willing to write down goals, improve intimate relationships, work on your spirituality and focus on wise choices.
Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener believe that real wealth is being happy so it is a very worthy goal. Together they have written a pleasantly creative work with a few moments of humor. They encourage the reader to try to feel love, compassion and gratitude. And if you still can't get happy they suggest you change your attitude slightly.
Well since happier people have stronger immune systems and depressed people are more likely to have a heart attack, this book may save your life. Of all the books I've recently read on happiness, I think I like this one the best.
~The Rebecca Review
A life full of love--with others, friends and colleagues; with work, being engaged in what you love to do every day; and, with experiences, activities, and life in general.
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener (Blackwell, 2008). Reviewed by Steve Gladis, Ph.D., July 2012 on Survival Leadership blog.