The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

Paula Poundstone, the Totally Unscientific Study fo the Search for Human Happiness (Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books), 2017.

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Paula Poundstone is absolutely hilarious when she gets going about the various research projects that abound in contemporary academia. Whether it be as a guest on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" or her podcast, "Live from the Poundstone Institute," I enjoy listening to her rants. So I was intrigued by this book and not disappointed with tis flavor and tonguie-in-cheek poke at academics and scientific studies. She tries a variety of different methods that have been offered as ways to make one happier: exercise, driving fast, going camping, getting organized. You get the picture. Each attempt might make her life a bit bitter - especially going camping with her daughter - but the bottom line is that chasing fads isn't a very good way to increase you happiness.

The result is a very funny book that is a joy to read. I'm pretty sure that it would be even better in Paula's voice. I suspect that the audiobook would be even better than reading the book. Nonetheless, I'm glad I bought it. It gives bit of insight into the single mother who works hard to support her family and keep up with so many pets that I'm sure I can't name them all, but there are dozens of cats and a lizard as well. I think there is bunny, too.

This is a great read for a few days of leisure when you can just relax, laugh, and read sections of the book outlaid to family members.