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Progress Paradox, The - Gregg Easterbrook

Progress Paradox, The

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780812973037
Number Of Pages: 400

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In "The Progress Paradox," Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century-and yet today, most men and women feel less happy than in previous generations.
Detailing the emerging science of "positive psychology," which seeks to understand what causes a person's sense of well-being, Easterbrook offers an alternative to our culture of crisis and complaint. He makes a compelling case that optimism, gratitude, and acts of forgiveness not only make modern life more fulfilling but are actually in our self-interest. An affirming and constructive way of seeing life anew, "The Progress Paradox" will change the way you think about your place in the world-and about our collective ability to make it better.

"The Progress Paradox raises some provocative questions. . . . This is a book meant to challenge left and right-keep both sides off balance. . . . A welcome antidote to the demagoguery prevalent in political discussion today." -Los Angeles Times

"Well-constructed, civic-minded . . . full of compelling statistics and anecdotes . . . a convincing case for good cheer." -The New York Times Book Review "Lively . . . combines a vast amount of scholarly research and reporting to generate a thoughtful, sustained argument." -BusinessWeek

"Utterly engaging . . . There are surprises all through it, and some startling refutations of conventional wisdoms." -Baltimore Sun

"With the lively wit and contrarian insight that is a regular feature of his articles in The New Republic . . . Mr. Easterbrook offers a bracing reminder of what is too often forgotten but difficult to deny: In the West in the past fifty years, life has gotten steadily better." -The Wall Street Journal

"Excellent." -The Economist

Fascinating. . . may well be this fall's version of The Tipping Point." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Introductionp. xiii
The Great Story of Our Era: Average People Better Offp. 3
Practically Everything Getting Betterp. 35
Why the Good News Scares Peoplep. 80
Portable Carpeted Dog Stepsp. 121
More of Everything Except Happinessp. 163
Stress--It's Nature's Planp. 188
How to Gain Your Mindp. 213
Selfish Reasons to Become a Better Personp. 228
Beyond Credit Cards and SUVsp. 244
Changing Our Worldp. 255
Changing Their Worldp. 279
It's Never Too Latep. 311
Notesp. 319
Acknowledgmentsp. 357
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780812973037
ISBN-10: 0812973038
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1