Political economist William Davies, a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, discusses the official obsession with happiness. Happy workers are more productive, but today’s workers aren’t happy. Their frequent absences and general apathy cost billions of dollars in lost productivity every year. Managers and policy makers respond with programs to boost happiness. They hire happiness consultants, create positions like “chief happiness officer” and monitor social media for spikes in sad words. In dispassionate prose spiced with moments of dry humor, Davies offers a detailed, dense and depressing look at the increasingly pervasive monitoring and manipulation of people’s moods. getAbstract suggests this contrarian view to managers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and those who prefer to determine for themselves how they feel – happy or not.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why 21st-century businesses and governments seek to boost happiness, and
- How the science of measuring and manipulating happiness developed.
About the Author
Political economist William Davies is a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is co-director of the Political Economy Research Center. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times and The New Statesman.
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2 years agoWhich is the world's happiest country - Denmark/ Switzerland or Bhutan?
2 years agoThis book makes me very happy.
2 years agoWould the abstract give a similar level of happiness?
2 years agoHow far is the reality from the 'utopia' laid out in the books? That difference then is your playground that you have to mend to achieve your goals.