Happiness has been used the as the guide to a good life for thousands of years. It can, though, just as easily lead us awry as direct us towards a life well lived.
We must learn to see happiness as something more nuanced and differentiated. By doing so the goals we set can bring us much more satisfaction. This is not to deny the importance of happiness, just we need to see our aim more clearly.
Many of the attempts to deal with the vast amount of psychological pain that exists in the world today have been to look at what causes distress. A new field of positive psychology has emerged which tries to look at the issue from the other end of the telescope, examining instead what makes people happy.
This book is an attempt to understand happiness philosophically; what it is, how we are responsible for it and what we can do to get more of it. This book is an attempt to describe how we can reflect upon ourselves so that we get to understand the happiness we have and how we can perhaps get more from it.