Summary of The Progress Paradox

How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

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The Progress Paradox book summary
Money can't buy happiness. Neither can long life, health or status. Happiness is at hand: just be grateful and giving.


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If you’ve ever felt discontent, read this book. If, like many people, you aspire to a higher standard of living, you may think that when you achieve that promotion, the big house, the money or even improved health - you’ll finally be happy. Yet happiness rarely comes. That’s because real happiness is never contingent - or even directly related to - possessions or achievements. Happiness is a choice. Despite all the choices people make daily, this is the one choice many do not make - or quite possibly do not know how to make. Ultimately, happiness is about feeling grateful for what you have and sharing your abundance with others. Author Gregg Easterbrook explains how and why this incredible paradox - that progress does not necessarily improve human happiness - is a problem for so many people today and why your best chance of achieving happiness resides in helping others. getAbstract is happy to recommend this book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why many people in the West complain and worry although they are better off than ever;
  • Why possessions, health and a high standard of living do not equal happiness;
  • How modern society can help the less fortunate; and
  • Why appreciation and sharing are the keys to true, lasting happiness.


Perception Is Not Necessarily Reality
Although you, like many other people, may believe that society’s quality of living is dropping and the world is becoming more dangerous, the facts tell a different story. Nearly every measurable trend shows decreases in disease and mortality, violent...
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About the Author

Gregg Easterbrook has written six books, including A Moment on the Earth. He has worked as an editor or contributing editor for The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly.

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