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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregg Easterbrook Narrator: Jonathan Maros Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century, and yet, most men and women today feel less happy than in previous generations.

Between contemporary emphasis on grievances and the fears engendered by 9/11, today it is common to hear it said that life has started downhill, or that our parents had it better. But objectively, almost everyone in today’s United States or European Union lives better than his or her parents did.

Still, studies show the percentage of the population that is happy has not increased in fifty years, while depression and stress have become ever more prevalent. The Progress Paradox explores why ever-higher living standards don’t seem to make us any happier. Detailing the emerging science of “positive psychology,” which seeks to understand what causes a person’s sense of well-being, Easterbrook offers an alternative to our culture of crisis and complaint. He makes a compelling case that optimism, gratitude, and acts of forgiveness not only make modern life more fulfilling but are actually in our self-interest.

Seemingly insoluble problems of the past, such as crime in New York City and smog in Los Angeles, have proved more tractable than they were thought to be. Likewise, today’s “impossible” problems, such as global warming and Islamic terrorism, can be tackled, too.

Like The Tipping Point, this book offers an affirming and constructive way of seeing the world anew. The Progress Paradox will change the way you think about your place in the world and about our collective ability to make it better.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don Shuler | 2/8/2014

    " This book takes a serious look at questions of what we mean by progress and how we might measure progress if and when we saw it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chad | 2/4/2014

    " Easterbrook writes well, but I loved this book because it lays out in astonishing detail how much better life is now than it was 100 years ago. I'm still going to bitch about my life though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christian | 2/3/2014

    " I like his Tuesday Morning Quartback column, but he is an economist, so I should have figured this was going to be an entire book of statistics. Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gloriavirtutisumbra | 2/2/2014

    " Has a really good message, lots of fantastic points and facts. Really great way of putting perspective on many things in our culture and what they really mean. But by the end of the book its very apparent the author as some real issues about/against SUVs, which i found distracting from book as a whole. And parts of the later half of the book are not as unbiased as the beginning, which was a little disappointing. I would have been much happier with the book if he had continued skewering both ends of the spectrum as he does in the beginning. "

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