“In this book we will describe the new concept of psychological wealth, which extends beyond material riches and beyond popular concepts like emotional intelligence and social capital. Psychological wealth is your true total net worth, and includes your attitudes toward life, social support, spiritual development, material resources, health, and the activities in which you engage. In this book, we show how psychological wealth depends on happiness and life satisfaction, and the factors that lead to them. We will explain why monetary wealth is only one component of true wealth, and why other aspects are usually more important.”
~ Ed Diener & Robert Biswas-Diener from Happiness
Ed Diener is the world’s leading researcher on the science of happiness and his son, Robert Biswas-Diener is know as the “Indiana Jones of psychology” because of his data collection adventures around the world. (Love that. :)
Together, they present a detailed and rigorous look at the science of happiness in their great book, Happiness.
Although the book is packed with practical wisdom and far from a textbook, it’s less warm and fuzzy than some of the other titles we cover as they explore the nuances of the sophisticated research into what makes us truly happy. If you enjoy the Note I think you’ll dig the book!
For now, let’s take a quick look at some of my favorite Big Ideas! :)
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