Good Life: What Makes a Life Worth Living?

Author(s): Hugh Mackay

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Social researcher and psychologist Hugh Mackay has spent 40 years asking Australians about their lives, loves, hopes, ambitions, fears and passions. In The Good Life, he asks and answers the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living? His conclusion, drawn from his research, is provocative and passionately argued. A good life is not measured by security, wealth, status, achievement or levels of happiness. A good life is determined by our capacity for selflessness and our willingness to connect with those around us in a meaningful and useful way. Hugh looks at the numerous ways we get distracted from this central purpose. He examines the utopian complex, which describes our dangerous desire for perfection, and the false expectation that life will unfold according to our carefully laid plans. He highlights the things that lead us along paths to pain and confusion, notably our willingness to sacrifice others on the altar of our personal desires and ambitions. As with Hugh's previous works of non-fiction, The Good Life is a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly change the way we live our lives.


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Hugh Mackay is a prolific and well-known social researcher, writer and commentator in Australia. Hugh was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is now an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of nine books in the field of social psychology and philosophy, and five novels. Previous books include Why Don't People Listen? Reinventing Australia and What Makes Us Tick?.

Shortlisted for ABIA Australian General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014 and Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Non-Fiction 2014.

Hugh Mackay is the author of Why Don't People Listen?, Reinventing Australia and What Makes Us Tick?.

General Fields

  • : 9781742612133
  • : Pan Macmillan Australia
  • : Pan Australia
  • : 0.38
  • : October 2012
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2013
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hugh Mackay
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 300.00
  • : 272