Happiness

by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener | 304 pages

Ed Diener is the world’s leading researcher on the science of happiness and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener is known as the “Indiana Jones of psychology” because of his data collection adventures around the world. (Love that. :) In their great book, Happiness, they give us a comprehensive look at what we KNOW creates happiness. In this Note, we’ll have some fun figuring out how we can become psychological billionaires as we master the happiness equation, become loving and caring angels, and take AIM at happiness.


“In this book we will describe the new concept of psychological wealth, which extends beyond material riches and beyond popular concepts like emotional intelligence and social capital. Psychological wealth is your true total net worth, and includes your attitudes toward life, social support, spiritual development, material resources, health, and the activities in which you engage. In this book, we show how psychological wealth depends on happiness and life satisfaction, and the factors that lead to them. We will explain why monetary wealth is only one component of true wealth, and why other aspects are usually more important.”

~ 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!

For now, let’s take a quick look at some of my favorite Big Ideas! :)

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About the authors

Authors

Ed Diener

Psychologist, professor, and author.
Authors

Robert Biswas-Diener

A leading authority on positive psychology