What It Actually Takes to Be Happy, According to Science

There are surprising answers to some of sociologist Eva Illouz’s arguments regarding the pursuit of happiness

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Maya Bar-Hillel
Maya Bar-Hillel

My friend, the sociologist Eva Illouz, protests against the “happiness industry” in general and specifically against the positive psychology that promotes it, in her book "Manufacturing Happy Citizens: How the Science and Industry of Happiness Control Our Lives." Positing happiness as the goal of our aspirations, she argues, is destructive. People should be urged to be good – not happy.

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