Happiness has many interpretations. Dobrin, a former Peace Corps volunteer and cofounder of an Amnesty International group in New York, suggests modern society has lost sight of the most constructive ones.
His premise is simple: meaningful happiness comes from relationships, not possessions–something many people are discovering as they are forced to downsize in this economy. Dobrin cites theology, evolution, biology, morality, and psychology to make his case. He takes his discourse through many cultures, examining family, marriage, friends, sensual pleasures, attachments, education, the meaning of work, empathy, and compassion.
His discourse is illustrated with his own, global experiences. The Lost Art of Happiness is well thought out and thought-provoking. It is not a how-to but rather a look-at. The ideas will resonate with many of your customers, a lot of whom will be happy to know someone has put these thoughts into words. Written to be accessible to the non-scholar, there’s also a fabulous reference section at the end for the more tenacious reader. —Anna Jedrziewski, Spirit Connection New York, New York, N.Y.