The Secrets of Happiness
Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good LifeUnknown - 2006
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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2006.
Branch Call Number: 170 SCH
Characteristics: viii, 243 p. ; 19 cm.