News · 01/05/2012

Introducing Happiness

Congratulations to contributor Will Buckingham, whose book Introducing Happiness: A Practical Guide is published today by Icon Books. Will writes,

The book begins by saying fairly emphatically that it does not actually promise the reader happiness (even whilst I hope that it doesn’t actively make people unhappy). There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that too many books make over-inflated claims about happiness, as if the problems of life might be solved by coughing up the price of a paperback; but my hunch is that they probably can’t. This isn’t to say that books cannot contribute to happiness — many books from Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations to Tove Jansson’s Comet in Moominland have, in their own obscure and peculiar ways, contributed to the happiness and richness of my own life — but it seems unfair to demand that any one book should be able to sprinkle the fairy-dust of happiness over its reader and make Everything All Right.