In the New Yorker review, "Everybody Have Fun: What can policymakers learn from happiness research?" Elizabeth Kolbert examines three books on the matter. And you guessed it, there is no definitive answer to what makes a person happy.
- Derek Bok, “The Politics of Happiness: What Governments Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being”
- Carol Graham, “Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires”
- Daniel Gilbert, “Stumbling on Happiness”
And proposing to your beloved on the 167 bus to Teaneck is also a way to achieve happiness.