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

Author: Schoch, Richard

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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.

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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780743292931
SKU 208016015
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0743292936
Release Date 5/5/2008
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0243
Publisher Scribner Book Company

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