Second EditionMatthew Parfitt; Dawn Skorczewski©2020
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The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series brings critical topics to life in a portable, cost-effective reader. In this volume, you’ll explore these questions: What is the psychology of happiness? Can we make or buy our own happiness? How should we question what makes us happy? How can we make ourselves and others happy? Does technology make us happy?
Readings by philosophers, psychologists, spiritual leaders, ethicists, economists, and others take up these issues and more. This book helps you form your own questions as you investigate this popular and intellectually rich topic.
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Table of Contents
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About The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series
Preface for Instructors
Contents by Discipline
Contents by Theme
Contents by Rhetorical Purpose
Introduction for Students
Chapter 1. What is Happiness?
*Voltaire, The Good Brahmin
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, The Sources of Happiness
Martha C. Nussbaum, Who Is the Happy Warrior? Philosophy Poses Questions to Psychology
*Darrin M. McMahon, From the Happiness of Virtue to the Virtue of Happiness: 400 BC–AD 1780
*Sissela Bok, Illusion
*Sara Ahmed, Happiness and Queer Politics
*Jon Meacham, Free to Be Happy
Chapter 2. What Makes People Happy?
Michael Argyle and Peter Hills, The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, If We Are So Rich, Why Aren’t We Happy?
National Academy of Sciences, Global Well-Being Ladder
Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, Can Money Buy Happiness?
*Hal E. Hershfield, Cassie Mogilner, and Uri Barnea, People Who Choose Time Over Money Are Happier
Sonja Lyubomirsky, How Happy Are You and Why?
Ed Diener and Martin Seligman, Very Happy People
Chapter 3. Do We Deserve to Be Happy
Jennifer Michael Hecht, Remember Death
*Emily Esfahani Smith, There’s More to Life than Being Happy
Giles Fraser, Taking Pills for Unhappiness Reinforces the Idea That Being Sad Is Not Human
John Keats, Ode on Melancholy
*Laren Stover, The Case for Melancholy
*Naomi Shihab Nye, Kindness
*The New Economics Foundation, The Happy Planet Index
Mohsen Joshanloo and Dan Weijers, Aversion to Happiness across Cultures: A Review of Where and Why People Are Averse to Happiness
David Brooks, What Suffering Does
Chapter 4. Can We Create Our Own Happiness?
Gretchen Rubin, July: Buy Some Happiness
*Lucky Strike Cigarettes, Be Happy, Go Lucky
*Oliver Sacks, My Own Life
Graham Hill, Living with Less. A Lot Less.
*Lucille Clifton, won’t you celebrate with me
Noelle Oxenhandler, Ah, But the Breezes . . .
*Paul E. Jose, Bee T. Lim, and Fred B. Bryant, Does Savoring Increase Happiness? A Daily Diary Study
Chapter 5. Does Technology Make Us Happier?
*Maria Konnikova, How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy
*Lynn Stuart Parramore, Happy All the Time
*Adam Piore, What Technology Can’t Change About Happiness
*James McWilliams, Saving the Self in the Age of the Selfie.
*Sherry Turkle, Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.
*Max Strom, from There Is No App for Happiness
*Sentence Guides for Academic Writers
Index of Authors and Titles