The Secrets of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life

Author: Schoch, Richard


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  • ISBN: 9780743292924
  • Author: Schoch, Richard
  • Publ Date: 2006-11-14
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  • Pages: 243
  • Imprint: SCRIBNER *#
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  • ID - 68739


Unhappy is the story of happiness. More than two thousand years ago, when the ancient Greeks first pondered what constitutes "the good life," happiness was considered a civic virtue that demanded a lifetime's cultivation. Not just mere enjoyment of pleasure and mere avoidance of suffering, true happiness was an achievement, not a birthright. Now, in an age of instant gratification and infinite distraction, history professor Richard Schoch takes a refreshingly contemplative look at a question that's as vital today as ever: What does it mean to be happy? Schoch consults some of history's greatest thinkers -- from Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas to Buddha -- in his quest to understand happiness in all its hard-won forms. Packed with three thousand years' worth of insights, many long forgotten, "The Secrets of Happiness" is a breath of ancient wisdom for anyone who yearns for the good life.


"An intellectual exploration of the best kind, a rigorous dusting downof ideas compelling us to think harder and better about what is life'smost precious prize." -- "The Sunday Telegraph"


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