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The Happiness Manifesto (Kindle Single) (TED Books) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nic Marks

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Much of modern life is based upon the assumption that happiness and well-being come from economic prosperity. Many – politicians and media and citizens alike – seem to assume that the main goal of government is to ensure that the economy is forever moving forward. It is now overwhelmingly clear however, says Nic Marks in this essay, that the blind pursuit of economic growth has created a whole set of social and environmental issues that are rapidly undermining the potential happiness and well-being of current and future generations. He convincingly posits and argues that it's time to imagine a different future, one where the desired outcome of policies and governance is the quality of people's experience of life.


The founder of the Centre for Well-Being, an independent think tank at the new economics foundation (nep) in London, Marks has written here a powerful story about how, by measuring the wrong things, such as GDP, we have headed in the wrong direction, and offers strong suggestions on how nations and people can return to a shared common purpose: nurturing well-being. Though it does suggest a radical new approach to policymaking and a set of specific and positive actions, this is not a traditional political manifesto. Marks' argument is steeped in rigorous statistical methods to measure happiness, analyzing and interpreting the evidence so that it can be applied to such policy fields as education, sustainable development, healthcare, and economics.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 388 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 40 pages
  • Editeur : TED Books (26 janvier 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1937382001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937382001
  • ASIN: B004K1F1W2
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly practical 5 février 2011
Par Jeremy Aldrich - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is no touchy-feely, we-ought-to-be-happier motivational speech. It's a hard look at how undervaluing human well-being and sustainability and instead focusing on economic growth have damaged our world, and more importantly what can be done about it. The proposal for a Happy Planet Index (HPI) to give societies a quantitative target to shoot for (and a yardstick against which to measure themselves) is being developed and partially implemented in several European countries, and the author describes the methodology and development of this alternative measure of a nation's well-being which may well compete with GDP as a key international indicator in coming years. In addition, author Nic Marks describes the discoveries of his nonprofit in promoting research-based solutions for individuals seeking greater happiness and for government initiatives to increase well-being and sustainability. I appreciated that there is a bibliography and list of relevant links at the end.

I haven't watched the TED Talk (I assume it's almost identical to this work), but it's just the kind of thing TED is all about - an idea worth spreading.
34 internautes sur 38 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 HPI instead of GDP 16 février 2011
Par E. Andreoli - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The Happiness Manifesto is written very well. It addresses complex topics, such as sustainable growth and people well-being, in a colloquial way. However, there are two main issues which make me skeptical about the feasibility of government policies based on using the Happy Planet Index (HPI) instead of the well known GDP. The first issue is the assumption that at the bases of human beings there is a positive drive, which is yet to be proven (I would say that facts are substantially suggesting the opposite). The second issue comes from an examination of the 2009 HPI country ranking where, for example, Egypt scores 60.3 and the USA 30.7 (a better score is indicative of a better performance). The poor performance of the USA is due to its unsustainable lifestyle, but how can the recent events in Egypt explain a score of 60.3?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Banish fear and embrace the future 21 février 2011
Par Charles S. Houser - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This short Kindle book is a plea to individuals and governments to rethink how they assess happiness. The author is clear that economic growth (GDP) is not a useful way to calculate happiness. On the Happiness Index he employs, Costa Rica rates as the happiest country and the USA is much further down the list. To achieve personal happiness individuals are encouraged to (1) connect (invest in their personal relationships), (2)be active (yes, he means exercise), (3)take notice (become more aware of what's going on around them), (4) keep learning, and (5) give (smile and help others). The people who practice these things regularly, not the ones with the most toys, are the happiest. Much of what he asserts seems obvious (happier people are more productive), but worth hearing nonetheless.

Most of the book, however, focuses on the national and global level--the things governments can do to serve and motivate their citizens toward working for a greater good that is sustainable. This broader perspective prevents the book from devolving into just another self-help book. I also found it refreshing that he was able to discuss these issues without deploying spiritual or religious terminology. The things he proposes are things all people can act upon, not just people from faith communities.

People who like this book might also enjoy Karen Armstrong's latest, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (Borzoi Books). She too sees extending oneself, doing good, and helping others as a privilege and duty all human beings are called to embody.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Vision for a Better World 13 février 2011
Par Rebecca of Amazon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"We urgently need a positive vision of our future. We need to stimulate people not to run away but instead to engage, to have compassion, to be open, to be flexible, to be creative and innovative." ~ Nick Marks

Nic Marks has a vision for the world and I love that he has discovered five ways to personal well-being and seven strategies for national well-being. As he explains, having more money doesn't exactly make you happier.

While this book seems geared more towards extroverts there are some things that unhappy/depressed introverts might want to try. Maybe avoiding people can really make you a little less happy. This book sort of pushes you in the direction of a robust social life.

Nic Marks makes some excellent points about how environmentalists try to scare you into changing. Would it not be better to have the goal of happiness? I know I'm convinced. After all, happier people have better immune systems and live longer.

While one of the five ways to personal well-being doesn't include having an unlimited supply of books (my personal goal) it does explain how volunteering your time can make you happier. I also truly believe that spending money on other people will make you happier than buying tons of stuff for yourself. So much of this book is totally true!

I think if I could wish for anything in regards to this book it would be that it was longer. I see room for improvement in the area of detailed information in how to implement a happiness plan. I think the concepts in this book are great but maybe more information is needed so you can effectively attract more happiness into your life.

Still, this is a good place to start! I think buying this book was money well spent.

~The Rebecca Review
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Short & Sweet 5 février 2011
Par Phurge - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
4 stars only because the idea is not particularly ground-breaking (Who would have thought that GDP is not the best Happiness index?). Nevertheless this e-book is a well written and well argued essay. At $2.99 the value equation seems about right.

I'm glad to see TED publishing ebooks and hope they publish more. (Mainly because I love the topics and speakers at TED, but Hate the punishment of sitting through web videos).
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