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Psychologists Ed Diener & Robert-Biswas Diener, a father-son combo, draw upon the latest research in the field of ‘Positive Psychology’ to answer some of the tougher questions we have always faced, such as: can money buy happiness? Are happier people healthier? Do happier people get paid more? Are some people just born smarter? Are religious/ spiritual people happier? In a thoughtful and thorough way, the authors give their honest answers on many different questions, sometimes “Yes”, sometimes “No”, and sometimes “It depends”. Through this discussion, the authors show how one can increase their psychological wealth, which they define as “your true net worth, (including) attitudes toward life, social support, spiritual development, material resources, health, and the activities in which you engage”. The discussion shows that this psychological wealth is not just related to financial success but also a number of other factors. Through stories about both themselves and also people they have studied, the authors provide a well-crafted book that takes the findings of the latest science and research and presents them in a fun and lively text.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.