"The literature on human happiness extends to many fields, and Neil Thin seems to know them all. This is a superb synthesis by an expert who isn't afraid to smile." Darrin M. McMahon, Ben Weider Professor of History, Florida State University "Neil Thin has brilliantly synthesized an encyclopaedic range of theories, stories and applications using the happiness lens. His central point, that happiness is 'essentially intersubjective and social' is demonstrated with a rich breadth of thought, evidence and examples." John F. Helliwell, Co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-being, University of British Columbia "At once highly provocative yet humane and wise, this fascinating book greatly enriches the contemporary discussion of happiness, bringing Neil Thin's vast knowledge of the social sciences to bear on what he shows to be a profoundly social phenomenon." Dan Haybron, Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University "There is good reason to recommend Social Happiness, not least for bringing some badly needed focus to the topic of social well-being rather than the more familiar discourse about well-being derived through individual choice, but also for the originality of the review and for highlighting key issues facing contemporary social policy." Journal of Social Policy
About the Author
Neil Thin is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh and coauthor of several books.