Friday, December 29, 2006

Book Summary: The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness
by David G. Myers, Ph.D.

While this book, which came out in 1992, is not as up to date as recent texts like Seligman's "Authentic Happiness," it is still an excellent primer on the question it asks in its subtitle: "Who is happy--and why?" It is well-written, and definitely a good read, especially for its section on religion and happiness. The author is a devout Christian, and makes a very personal but well-written argument for the importance of faith in happiness.

Myer's final sentences are themselves an eloquent summary of his book:

"Well-being is found in the renewal of disciplined lifestyles, committed relationships, and the receiving and giving of acceptance. To experience deep well-being is to be self-confident yet unself-conscious, self-giving yet self-respecting, realistic yet hope-filled."

For the full summary, visit the Book Outlines Wiki.

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