My book, The Pursuit of Happiness, and Why It’s Making Us Anxious (Hutchinson, Penguin) is out this week in the UK! (US release in October.)
“a whip-sharp British Bill Bryson”- The Sunday Times.
(Chosen as one of Newsweek’s Nine Books That Will Change the Way you Think in 2016)
Are you happy? Right now? Happy enough? As happy as everyone else? Could you be happier if you tried harder?
“As your average cynical Brit, when Ruth Whippman moves to California, it seems to her that the American obsession with finding happiness is driving everyone crazy. But soon she starts to get sucked in. She meditates and tries ‘mindful dishwashing’. She attends a self-help course that promises total transformation (and learns that all her problems are her own fault). She visits a strange Nevada happiness dystopia (with one of the highest suicide rates in America), delves into the darker truths behind the influential ‘science of happiness’, and even ventures to Utah, where she learns God’s personal secret to eternal bliss. Ultimately she stumbles upon a more effective, less self-involved, less anxiety-inducing way to find contentment.
Hilarious and honest, this is an eye-opening look at what happiness really means.”