New Books & Interviews….

I’m reading Sonja Lyubormirsky’s The Myths of Happiness this weekend. Her initial chapters focus on family and relationships; for example, how parenting impacts your happiness, why the initial infatuation with a romantic partner fades, and how to revive it, while later sections will cover work and related issues. One interesting thing that Lyubormirsky discusses is how novelty is good for individuals and relationships: couples who add new and challenging activities, like travel, to their life report greater happiness than those who have a set routine, and so do singles. It’s based on a psychological term called “hedonic adaptation”–we adapt very quickly to new jobs, houses, and material possessions and our first blast of happiness fades–what once was exciting becomes merely pleasant or we take it totally for granted. Even though Lyubormirsky’s approach is very grounded in the sciences, I can see a lot of overlap between her data and Tammy Strobel’s suggestions about downsizing in You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap!). That new car? The new wears off, so you’re better off spending more time with family and friends and less time working to buy stuff.

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One thought on “New Books & Interviews….

  1. indytony says:

    This book title intrigued me. Just today, I finished a working draft of a short story entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness”. It’s about a modern-day Puritan (Steven) and his wife (Rachel) who is tired of trying to make him happy. She runs off with a lottery winner. As the story unfolds, Steven resists various attempts from the world to make him happy. I won’t give it away, but there is a truly happy ending. I would love for you to visit my blog for information about the story and tell me what you think.

    Thanks for the post.

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