Midsummer reading – stumbling on happiness

I picked up this book to get some new perspective on research, work-life balance and, eventually, happiness. Not that I’m miserable, but I got intrigued by the recent developments in psychology and I wanted to take this as a bedtime reading. Midsummer reading, to be exact.

Well, the book is a great literature for that, no doubt about it. I like the style of the author and how he takes on examples. I also found that the book has two chapters about metrics and measurement. In chapter 2 and 3, the authors discusses our view on the science behind happiness and the fact that it’s very difficult (not impossible) to measure. There are ways to measure happiness, or estimate it.

What I like about the author’s approach is that he uses these measures to show temporal aspects of happiness – our estimations about how happy we will be, our happiness at the moment and finally our happiness after a while.

To sum up, the main point of the book is that happiness is what we create, not what we get.Just by changing the way we see things or how we compare things, can make us more happy.

Author: Miroslaw Staron

I’m professor in Software Engineering at IT faculty. I usually blog about interesting articles (for me) and my own reflections on the development of Software Engineering, AI, computer science and automotive software.