What is happiness, and how does the pursuit of happiness shape our lives? Happiness appears to be a simple emotion, individual and pleasurable, yet the problems associated with happiness in politics, economics and philosophy suggest that it is perhaps more complex and paradoxical than we first thought. Join authors Ranjana Srivastava, Tony Moore, Alice Pung and Deborah Pike as they discuss the themes explored in their collection of essays, On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century.
On Happiness concludes that our current notions of happiness may in fact be the very cause of our discontent. On Happiness offers readers a spectrum of critical reflections and ‘rethinks’ of this ubiquitous cultural obsession.
“This is not another book from ‘The Happiness Industry’… This is a collection of sixteen essays encouraging readers to reflect on what actually the pursuit of happiness really means… [A] wonderful anthology.”
CLARE CALVET, ABC LOCAL
“In this interesting collection of contemporary ideas, respected academics discuss the nature of happiness.”
ELAINE FRY, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN