The subject of the book “Lessons in Happiness” revolves around what is known as the “economics of happiness” i.e. a return to the study of real people and their well-being, but for the first time with actual measures of happiness. This is a return of economics to the old days, when people were human beings with real and recognized feelings, and not mere tools or factors of production.
In this book, which was published by the Arab House of Sciences (Publishers), there is also a common denominator between medicine and economics, each of which makes man his target. The first is concerned with the physical health of the person, and the other is concerned with the human well-being and happiness.
In this book Richard A. Easterlin, to answer some necessary questions, including: Can we measure happiness? Will more money make us happier? Will getting married, having children and exercising make us happier?
Who are happier men or women? The book adopts a plan of action adopted by the author, where he says: “My answer is simpler than most people. Some may say: very simple, but I am trying to make my thinking clear. The second section deals with a parallel question: Can the government increase people’s happiness? The third section addresses a wide range of people’s concerns about happiness: What happens as we age?
Who is happier, women or men?
Why are some countries happier than others? Is democracy important?
The final section focuses on the earlier stages of my life as an economic historian and demographer trying to put the growing work on happiness in historical perspective. Much of what I cover in this book is part of a university workshop on the economics of happiness that I have taught in recent years.