Description, Prescription, and the (Seemingly) Endless Pursuit of Happiness

September 3, 2014 3:06 PM

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The strangest thing happened to me recently. A friend gave me a preview copy of what promises to be the latest, cutting edge, bestselling book on the science of happiness -- and I didn't read it. Those of you familiar with my three self-help books a week reading habit (and thank you for your emails of support -- they really helped me through my rehab) may think that this was a triumph of will over weakness and that one day soon I will relapse, crack the cover, and begin once again inhaling somebody else's insights and instructions into becoming a better, happier me.

And perhaps one day I will. Yet what struck me wasn't that I didn't immediately drop everything to read the book -- it was that it didn't even occur to me to do so. In fact, the main thing I've learned so far from the experience is that despite the usual host of difficulties that any family of five ...

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