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‘A fantastic guide to getting out of our own heads and finding more connection, presence, and joy’ LAURIE SANTOS, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast
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We all want to be happier, but our brains often get in the way. When we’re too stuck in our heads we obsess over our inadequacies, compare ourselves with others and fail to see the good in our lives.

In The Science of Happiness, world-leading psychologist and happiness expert Bruce Hood demonstrates that the key to happiness is not self-care but connection. He presents seven simple but life-changing lessons to break negative thought patterns and re-connect with the things that really matter.

Alter Your Ego
Avoid Isolation
Reject Negative Comparisons
Become More Optimistic
Control Your Attention
Connect With Others
Get Out of Your Own Head

Grounded in decades of studies in neuroscience and developmental psychology, this book tells a radical new story about the roots of wellbeing and the obstacles that lie in our path. With clear, practical takeaways throughout, Professor Hood demonstrates how we can all harness the findings of this science to re-wire our thinking and transform our lives.
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‘A rare bird a book that is grounded in the best new science, written with wit and wisdom, and provides clear and valuable lessons for living your best life. Highly recommended!’ DANIEL GILBERT, author of the New York Times bestseller Stumbling on Happiness

‘A wonderful guide to what actually makes people happier – full of wisdom backed by a wealth of scientific evidence’ ROBERT WALDINGER, author of The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Study on Happiness

‘The most erudite, thoughtful, and original take on this important subject I have ever encountered’ MICHAEL SHERMER, author of Why People Believe Weird Things

About The Author

Bruce Hood is an award-winning Professor of Developmental Psychology at Bristol University and the author of several books including SuperSense, The Self Illusion, The Domesticated Brain and Possessed. His course, The Science of Happiness, is the most popular course at Bristol University. He has appeared extensively on TV and radio, including co-hosting the BBC podcast The Happiness Half Hour in 2021. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the British Psychological Society.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (March 14, 2024)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398526372

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Raves and Reviews

Do yourself a favour and grab this fantastic guide to the science of happiness! Hood nicely explains practical strategies for getting out of our own heads and finding more connection, presence, and joy

– Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast

The Science of Happiness is a rare bird—a book that is grounded in the best new science, written with wit and wisdom, and provides clear and valuable lessons for living your best life. Highly recommended!

– Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University & author of the New York Times bestseller 'Stumbling on Happiness'

‘This is a wonderful guide to what actually makes people happier – full of wisdom backed by a wealth of scientific evidence. If you want practical ideas that you can use right now to boost your wellbeing, this is your book’

– Robert Waldinger, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School & author of The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Study on Happiness

‘In my work as a social scientist, magazine publisher, and book author I have read all the books on happiness since the 1990s, so I was surprised - shocked really - to discover in Bruce Hood’s book The Science of Happiness the most erudite, thoughtful, and original take on this important subject I have ever encountered. I learned something new in every chapter, and as a bonus it’s a page-turning read. Bravo Professor Hood’

– Michael Shermer, author of 'Why People Believe Weird Things'

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