Yellow Kite goes beyond happiness

Yellow Kite goes beyond happiness

Yellow Kite, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, has acquired a new book by Sir Anthony Seldon, titled Beyond Happiness: The trap of happiness and how to find deeper meaning and joy, which challenges and critiques the happiness industry and its critics.
 
Liz Gough, publisher at Yellow Kite, bought world rights in a deal with Ed Victor.
 
Gough said she has long admired Seldon “for what he has done in terms of raising awareness of wellbeing and encouraging young people – and indeed all people – to strive to live well”. She added: “This original and powerful book explains why we all have a deep need to search – beyond happiness – for something more profound within ourselves, and shows us how we can discover the unique meaning and purpose of our lives.”
 
Headmaster Seldon is well known for introducing happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College. In 2011, he co-founded Action for Happiness, a body to raise awareness of the discovery of happiness and reduction of depression.
 
In this book, he distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy, and offers an original 8-step approach on how to make our lives far more meaningful and rewarding. The book is also highly critical of ‘positive psychology’ and other dominant schools of thought.
 
Seldon explained: “We are seduced in our pursuit of pleasure and happiness into thinking they are the ends of life.  They are not. Infinitely more rewarding levels of experience are open to all of us. This book points the way.”
 
Yellow Kite will publish Beyond Happiness in June 2015.