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The Pursuit of Happiness: Discovering the Pathway to Fulfillment, Well-Being, and Enduring Personal Joy [Paperback]

By David G. Myers, PhD (Author)
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Clears up misconceptions about happiness, describes the inner traits of happy people, and looks at the factors that contribute to true happiness

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Social psychologist David G. Myers has reviewed thousands of recent scientific studies conducted worldwide in search of the key to happiness. With wit and wisdom, he explodes some of the popular myths on the subject and presents specific techniques for finding true joy in living: Are most people happy?What are the inner traits of happy people?Are extroverts happier than introverts?Are men happier than women?Does religious faith promote inner peace and joy?Does well-being come with being well-off?Are happy children more likely to become happy adults?What part do friends play in personal happiness?Is age a factor in feeling happy?What can you do to improve your own sense of well-being?
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Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1993
Publisher   Harper Paperbacks
ISBN  0380715228  
ISBN13  9780380715220  
UPC  099455015004  

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David Myers received his psychology Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has spent his career at Hope College, Michigan, where he has taught dozens of introductory psychology sections. Hope College students have invited him to be their commencement speaker and voted him "outstanding professor."

His research and writings have been recognized by the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, by a 2010 Honored Scientist award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, by a 2010 Award for Service on Behalf of Personality and Social Psychology, by a 2013 Presidential Citation from APA Division 2, and by three dozen honorary doctorates.

With support from National Science Foundation grants, Myers' scientific articles have appeared in three dozen scientific periodicals, including "Science," "American Scientist," "Psychological Science," and the "American Psychologist." In addition to his scholarly writing and his textbooks for introductory and social psychology, he also digests psychological science for the general public. His writings have appeared in four dozen magazines, from "Today's Education" to "Scientific American." He also has authored five general audience books, including "The Pursuit of Happiness" and "Intuition: Its Powers and Perils."

David Myers has chaired his city's Human Relations Commission, helped found a thriving assistance center for families in poverty, and spoken to hundreds of college and community groups. Drawing on his experience, he also has written articles and a book ("A Quiet World") about hearing loss, and he is advocating a transformation in American assistive listening technology (see For his leadership, he received an American Academy of Audiology Presidential Award in 2011, and the Hearing Loss Association of America Walter T. Ridder Award in 2012.

He bikes to work year-round and plays daily pick-up basketball. David and Carol Myers have raised two sons and a daughter, and have one granddaughter to whom he dedicates the Third Edition of "Psychology in Everyday Life."

C. Nathan DeWall is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky. He received his Bachelor s Degree from St. Olaf College, a Master s Degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a Master s degree and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University. DeWall received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. In 2011, the Association for Psychological Science identified DeWall as a Rising Star for making significant contributions to the field of psychological science. DeWall conducts research on close relationships, self-control, and aggression. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, he has published over 120 scientific articles and chapters. DeWall s research awards include the SAGE Young Scholars award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. His research has been covered by numerous media outlets, including "Good Morning America," "Newsweek," "Atlantic Monthly," "New York Times," "Los Angeles Times," "Harvard Business Review," and National Public Radio. DeWall blogs for "Psychology Today." He has lectured nationally and internationally, including in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Greece, Hungary, and Australia.Nathan is happily married to Alice DeWall. He enjoys playing with his two golden retrievers, Finnegan and Atticus. In his spare time, he writes novels, watches sports, and runs and runs and runs including in 2013 a half marathon, two marathons, two 50-mile ultramarathons, and one 100-mile ultramarathon."

David G. Myers has an academic affiliation as follows - Hope College.

David G. Myers has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Through the Eyes of Faith Series

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From a Master Scholar of Psychology -- a Fascinating Word to You and Me About How to Enjoy Life More  Mar 15, 2008
If you haven't read David G. Myers, you've missed an enriching experience! Actually, millions of people have read Myers without even knowing it, because he's the scholar who has co-authored millions of copies of Psychology texts in various editions for college students around the world.

Along the way, he occasionally has carved out areas to share with general readers in very thoughtful books. He's an accomplished writer for general readers -- so, no, this is NOT like reading a textbook, even one of Myers' textbooks.

This book distills much of what Myers has gleaned over the years about the nature of what makes us happy. Sounds like a very simple concept -- but, stop and think about our lives for a moment, and we realize it's most definitely not a simple idea.

I'm aware of a number of small reading groups that have used this book -- and I can heartily recommend it for discussion.
An interesting book, but not original and not very helpful  Dec 8, 2006
The author investigates a variety of conditions to see if they do or do not promote happiness. The focus of the book is psychological studies, making the ideas more scientifically authoritative. It's strong points are an entire chaper devoted to "Love and Marriage" and a chapter on "Flow in Work and Play." The book concludes with an epilogue listing the key points of the book in 2 pages. Three cheers for brevity!

Anicius Boethius (480 to 524) wrote "The Consolation of Philosophy" long ago while he was awaiting his execution. Boethius covered all the key points in Myers' book long ago and was more eloquent. Myers' does not really give you a guide book for living a happy life. He says, "The essence of happiness is pausing to savor the gift of our present moments." There is so much more to living a happy, fulfilling life than that. I recommend "Achieve Lasting Happiness" by Robert Canright as a better guide for living a happy life.
Why we are happy. Really. Buy this by the case and give  Aug 20, 2006
one to everyone you know ~

a great study ~ i first read this in my early 30s, and was thrilled to see it republished. At 54, i am still amazed at how this book/study nailed Life...

demystifies happiness as something we can't seek directly, but as something that comes as the result of the right actions and accurate thinking about things...

bad things happen to everyone ~ but more good than bad is the way it's meant to be, and reasonably can be...

it's very comforting and inspiring ~
A treasure-trove of modern wisdom  Dec 10, 2005
I first heard of "The Pursuit of Happiness" by David G. Myers as a recommended read in "Psychology Applied to Modern Life" by Wayne Weiten and Margaret A. Lloyd - a truly remarkable textbook. This obviously gives immediate credibility to this book, and I have to say that my personal assessment of it is in keeping with that of the two aforementioned authors.

Take these few quotes as a preview of "The pursuit of Happiness" by David G. Myers, a treasure-trove of modern wisdom:

"Happiness is loving what you do, and knowing it matters."

"Well-being resides not in mindless passivity but in mindful challenge."

"Growing up means gaining the wisdom and skills to get what we want within the limitations imposed by reality."

"... two ways to be rich: One is to have great wealth. The other is to have few wants."

"Realizing that well-being is something other than being well-off is liberating. It liberates us from spending on eighteen-hundred-dollar dresses, on stockpiles of unplayed CDs, on luxury cars, on seagoing luxury homes-all purchased in a vain quest for an elusive joy. It liberates us from envying the life-styles of the rich and famous. It liberates us to invest ourselves into developing traits, attitudes, relationships, activities, environments, and spiritual resources that will promote our own, and others', well-being."

Happy reading!

Laurent Grenier, author of the book "A Reason for Living."

Fascinating summaries of studies of well-being  Apr 29, 2004
David Myers summarizes and synthesizes studies on the sense of well-being and happiness. What makes us happy, or what makes us perceive to be happy? Study after study is cited to describe factors that are related or unrelated to happiness, sometimes disproving "conventional wisdom." Myers explains cultural factors and thinking patterns, and how they are related to how happy we are.

After reading this book, I have a better understanding of what really matters in life, and why. I also better know how to foster my own happiness, and what to pursue after. Wealth doesn't matter. Thankfulness does help. Ethnicity doesn't matter. Having a close network of friends does.

I highly recommend this book as a great information source on happiness. It is not a self help book, but a renowned psychologists wisdom woven with objective studies.


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