Book Report

Like I mentioned I’m spending the waning days of 2018 reading for fun only. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share what I’ve been reading, right?

America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous  Wrecks by Ruth Whippman

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British journalist Ruth Whippman, now living in the United States, has noticed something. The more we pursue “happiness” the more miserable we become. This happens even with all the various methods of achieving true bliss. Whippman explores the “happiness industrial complex,” which includes self-help books, life coaching, workplace directives, religion, social media, pop psychology and so much more and finds all of it lacking. Whippman’s skills as a journalist and dry British wit made me love this book.  It reminded me of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Brightsided.

Grade A

 

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