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The Progress Paradox - How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

Gregg Easterbrook

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In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century--and yet today, most men and women feel less happy than in previous generations. Why this is so and what we should do about it is the subject of this book. 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 that 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rick Adamson

Length:

5h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:54


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:45


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:30


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:50


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:00