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Can We Be Happier?

Evidence and Ethics

Richard Layard George Ward



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13 April 2021
Series: Pelican Books
Most people now realize that economic growth, however desirable, will not solve all our problems. Instead, we need a philosophy and a science which encompasses a much fuller range of human need and experience.

This book argues that the goal for a society must be the greatest possible all-round happiness, and shows how each of us can become more effective creators of happiness, both as citizens and in our own organizations.

Written with Richard Layard's characteristic clarity, it provides hard evidence that increasing happiness is the right aim, and that it can be achieved. Its language is simple, its evidence impressive, its effect inspiring.
By:   Richard Layard, George Ward
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 181mm,  Width: 111mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9780241430002
ISBN 10:   0241430003
Series:   Pelican Books
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   13 April 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Layard (Author) Richard Layard is founder and former director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the ground-breaking Happiness- Lessons from a New Science (2005), which has been published in nineteen languages, and (with David Clark) Thrive- The Power of Psychological Therapies (2014). He is co-editor (with John Helliwell and Jeffrey Sachs) of the annual World Happiness Report, and has been instrumental in the development of improving access to psychological therapies in the UK. George Ward (Author) George Ward is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reviews for Can We Be Happier?: Evidence and Ethics

for people who want to understand how both the political economy and psychology influence wellbeing, it's a great primer. The few hours it took me to read it were happy ones. -- Rana Foroohar * Financial Times * Layard's pose is lucid and his analysis is spot on... guaranteed to put a smile on every reader's face -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Daily Mail * Can We Be Happier? is a work of passion, a culmination of decades of research. ...the book is humane' -- Richard Seymour * Guardian *

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