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Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

 
 
 
 
Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness
Author: Ariel Gore
ISBN 13: 9780374114893
ISBN 10: 374114897
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2010-01-19
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208
List Price: $24.00
 
 

CAN A WOMAN BE SMART, EMPOWERED, AND HAPPY ?

Happiness has become a serious business. Where twentiethcentury psychology focused on depression and illness, in the new millennium scientists have begun focusing on “positive psychology”—the study of happiness. Ariel Gore first became intrigued by this subject when she discovered that Positive Psychology was the most popular course on the Harvard campus. As she read deeper into the topic, she noticed something disturbing: everyone in this happy land was a man. Worse still, some of these new “experts” seemed hell-bent on proving that women with traditional values and breadwinning husbands—those who had made “an effort to expect less,” according to one sociologist—were more content than women with feminist values. The more she read the more she wondered: Can a woman be smart, empowered, and happy? Determined to find out, Gore began her own “study in living”— a journey into the feminine history, science, and experience of happiness. Her results, chronicled with humor and curiosity in Bluebird, are by turns fascinating and enriching. A woman’s happiness may not come easy, and it may not take the forms prescribed by popular culture. But, as Gore discovers, it is not only possible but necessary. Bluebird is a smart, no-nonsense, uplifting study of the real secret of joy, and whether it’s truly at odds with the goals of modern women.

The Washington Post - Elizabeth Chang

…[Gore's] research is absorbing, her idea of happiness as a dynamic force is appealing, and her conclusions seem sensible.