100 Years of Happiness: Insights and Findings from the Experts

by Nathan Carlin,

We all want to be happy, but what does that mean, and how do we get there? These questions may be a popular topic of positive psychology books in recent years, but interest in the subject stretches back over a century. Distinguished authors Nathan Carlin and Donald Capps examine opinions, research studies, and insights about happiness from the 18th century through today.

100 Years of Happiness: Insights and Findings from the Experts is organized into three sections—one that explores insights from philosophers, another part that reviews study results from researchers, and a final section that casts some skepticism on the study of happiness. The authors review what the experts have found, and explore such questions as: Is happiness the goal of life? Is it possible to measure happiness? Is it possible to become happier? What is the difference between unhappiness and depression? If humankind could eliminate unhappiness from the human condition, should we? This fascinating text provides a basis for readers to develop their own conclusions, and to continue humankind's ongoing discourse on the subject.

  • ABC-CLIO; July 2012
  • ISBN 9781440803635
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  • Title: 100 Years of Happiness: Insights and Findings from the Experts
  • Author: Nathan Carlin; Donald Capps
  • Imprint: Praeger

In The Press

"The authors included are interesting and provide substantive food for thought. At the end, you will want to join Carlin and Capps in the coffee shop to discuss your own perspective of happiness and to follow up by journaling your seven keys to happiness. . . . 100 Years of Happiness is a good read. It won't make you happy, but it will get you thinking." - PsycCRITIQUES

About The Author

Nathan Carlin, PhD, is director of the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX.

Donald Capps, PhD, is William Harte Felmeth Professor of pastoral theology (emeritus) and adjunct professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.