Although most of the content can be found in other places. Happier provides a valuable integration of common sense, keen observations, classic philosophies, spirituality, humanistic theory, and psychological research. [Ben-Shahar]' s consideration of happiness is nuanced, but certainly not dispassionate. He forcefully advocates an optimistic view of human nature that some will question, and probably takes things too far when claiming a "happiness revolution" will sweep the world with benefit for all. Alternative ideologies (e.g., those promoting self-sacrifice) and more pessimistic research findings (e.g., the substantial heritability of happiness) are mentioned, but they are also set aside quickly. However, these aspects can be easily forgiven by considering the goals of this book. Rather than a scholarly work, Happier is a self-help book. By this standard, the balance and caveats included in Happier are noteworthy. Even if somewhat contentious, [BenShahar]'s worldview likely facilitates happiness whereas more pessimistic alternatives would detract from it. In this way, Happier offers yet another aid in increasing happiness.
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