There is a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most people want more income and strive for it. Yet as Western societies have got richer, their people have become no happier.
People who achieve a sense of meaning in their lives are happier than those who live from one pleasure to another.
Competition for status is a zero sum game
No society can work unless its members feel responsibilities as well as rights.
Derek Bok asks the right question, 'What policies would produce the greatest happiness?' and he gives great and often startling answers, combining his deep knowledge of politics with the new findings of happiness research.
Kindness is like mercy: it blesses him that gives and him that takes.
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