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The Happiness Industry
Author: William Davies

ISBN: 9781784782726
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1 July 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0
Description:
The Anti- Freakonomics: a brilliant take down of behaviourial economics, the quantified life and the Happiness Index.

Why are we so interested in measuring happiness?

What was a Buddhist monk doing at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos lecturing the world's leaders on mindfulness? Why do many successful corporations have a 'chief happiness officer'? What can the chemical composition of your brain tell a potential employer about you? In the past decade, governments and corporations have become increasingly interested in measuring the way people feel: 'the Happiness index', 'Gross National Happiness', 'well-being' and positive psychology have WC come to dominate the way we live our lives. As a result, our emotions have become a new resource to be bought and sold.

In a fascinating investigation combining history, science and ideas, William Davies shows how well-being influences all aspects of our lives: business, finance, marketing and smart technology. This book will make you rethink everything from the way you work, the power of the 'Nudge', the ever-expanding definitions of depression, and the ...

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