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The Good Life: What Makes a Life Worth Living?
Written by:
Hugh Mackay 
Read by:
Hugh Mackay 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
11 hours 30 minutes 
April 28 2019 
Available Date:
April 28 2019 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Politics & Current Affairs 
Bolinda/Macmillan Australia 
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NZD$ 44.95
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Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Award / General Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2014
Shortlisted The Indie Book Awards / Non-fiction Award 2014

Prolific social researcher Hugh Mackay explores why the relentless pursuit of happiness, characteristic of the western world, isn't the answer to a life worth living.

'No one can promise you that a life lived for others will bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it's certain that nothing else will.' Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living? His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way. Mackay examines what is known as the Golden Rule through the prisms of religion, philosophy, politics, business and family life. And he explores the numerous and often painful ways we distract ourselves from this central principle: our pursuit of pleasure, our attempts to perfect ourselves and our children, and our conviction that we can have our lives under control. Argued with all the passion and intelligence we have come to expect from one of Australia's most prolific and insightful authors, The Good Life is an audiobook that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly even change the way we live our lives.

'... possibly one of the most important social commentaries in recent years. '
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