The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse (Paperback)
How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
Random House Trade, 9780812973037, 400pp.
Publication Date: November 9, 2004
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. An affirming and constructive way of seeing life 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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Praise For The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse…
“The Progress Paradox raises some provocative questions. . . . This is a book meant to challenge left and right–keep both sides off balance. . . . A welcome antidote to the demagoguery prevalent in political discussion today.”
–Los Angeles Times
“Well-constructed, civic-minded . . . full of compelling statistics and anecdotes . . . a convincing case for good cheer.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“Lively . . . combines a vast amount of scholarly research and reporting to generate a thoughtful, sustained argument.”
“Utterly engaging . . . There are surprises all through it, and some startling refutations of conventional wisdoms.”
“With the lively wit and contrarian insight that is a regular feature of his articles in The New Republic . . . Mr. Easterbrook offers a bracing reminder of what is too often forgotten but difficult to deny: In the West in the past fifty years, life has gotten steadily better.”
–The Wall Street Journal
Fascinating. . . may well be this fall’s version of The Tipping Point.”