The Happiness Imperative

Our modern cornucopia of consumer goods is supposed to make us happier, but it doesn't. Here's why.

Appeared in: Volume 08, Number 2 | Published on: October 10, 2012

R. Jay Magill, Jr. is a writer and editor at the American Academy in Berlin and the author of Chic Ironic Bitterness (2007) and Sincerity, published by W.W. Norton in July.

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