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Author Powdthavee, Nick.

Title The happiness equation : the surprising economics of our most valuable asset / Nick Powdthavee
Published London : Icon, 2010


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Description 249 pages ; 23 cm
Contents The pursuit -- Happiness : what has science got to do with it? -- Money can't buy me love, but can it buy me happiness? -- The price of what money can't buy : part I -- The price of what money can't buy : part II -- Does time really heal all wounds? -- Just as long as I'm not the only one -- Focusing illusions -- Why should we be happy? -- Who gets to decide? -- And the funny thing is?
Summary Is there a scientific way to construct a happiness formula? Does an increase of income increase happiness? Can friendship have a price tag?Why is it that the things we believe will make us happy usually don't, like children for example? Everybody wants to be happy. But how much happiness will each life choice bring? Based on cutting-edge research, The Happiness Equation makes the new science of the economics of happiness accessible to the general reader. Controversial and counter to many of our long-held beliefs, this book shows that it is possible to quantify social and emotional experiences in monetary terms. It explores how price tags can be attached to what cannot be bought or sold in the market: marriage, friendship, or even death. It also explains why some things matter more to our happiness than others (like why seeing friends is worth more than a Ferrari), whilst others are worth almost nothing (like having children). And finally it helps us understand how to achieve happiness. Nick Powdthavee writes in an accessible style that wears its learning lightly and is a joy to read
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-244) and index
Subject Economics -- Psychological aspects.
Happiness -- Economic aspects.
ISBN 9781848311664 hardback
1848311664 hardback