Journal of Happiness Studies

, 10:769 | Cite as

Can QOL Researchers Learn Anything “Scientifically” Meaningful from Popular Cultural Icons Who Speak on Happiness and Well-Being?

  • M. Joseph SirgyEmail author
Book Review


This is review of two books written by “gurus” who address the topic of happiness and well-being from a spiritual perspective. One book is Matthieu Ricard’s Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill (published by Little, Brown and Company, 2003). The other book is Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (published by A Plume Book, 2005). The books are thought provoking and interesting reading for the layperson. From a scientific perspective, they should not be treated with any credibility. They advocate an image of the human condition and well-being that is not based on a good and scientific understanding of human nature.


Happiness Well-being Ego Selflessness Spiritual well-being 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marketing, Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgUSA

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