Introducing Happiness: A Practical Guide

Many books on happiness promise you the secret of happiness, the One True Path to earthly bliss. In this book, I attempt to do something different: to offer a way of helping the reader navigate through the many claims that are made about happiness, to better judge which of these claims are plausible, what kinds of happiness are desirable, what approaches to happiness are the best, and also what other things, besides happiness, may also matter.

This is a breezy and wide-ranging book, navigating between Zhuangzi and the ancient Cynics, contemporary positive psychology and Buddhism, Confucianism and Epicureanism, aiming to ask some practical questions about happiness, and about how we think about and pursue this most perplexing of goals.

This is a guide, in other words, that aims to raise more questions than it answers, and that – through a mixture of philosophical and practical approaches – aims to help the reader explore questions about happiness, human meaning and mattering more deeply than before.

Introducing Happiness
“A wonderful surprise!”
Suryacitta, author of Happiness and How it Happens