Dr. Charles Nemeth. Finding Happiness in a Complex World: Rules from Aristotle to Aquinas. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2022. Hardback $18.95. 256 pages. Available from the publisher.
In Finding Happiness in a Complex World, Dr. Charles Nemeth unpacks ageless advice on happiness from the greatest intellects for our tumultuous times. An educator for over 40 years, Dr. Nemeth relates the writings of Aristotle and Aquinas with modern examples to debunk myths about authentic happiness. Incorporating examples from his experience in the legal and justice systems, he provides readers with actual data on what common pitfalls to avoid in seeking real joy.
“This short text is a ‘Recipe for Life,’ or ‘Rules for a Happy Life,’ fully grounded and dependent upon Aristotle and Aquinas. It is a mix and formula for human happiness that may be meaningful to those in search of a more tranquil state,” writes Dr. Nemeth, prolific writer and expert on professional ethics.
- In the wisdom of these pages, readers will learn about:
- The virtues to cultivate to attain happiness and the habits to shun
- Ways to achieve balance and a well-rounded life
- How to find joy regardless of your environment
- What will bring about the fulfillment of all your desires
As Dr. Charles Nemeth reflected, “This recipe and these rules deliver the type of peace and tranquility only possible with a clear understanding of the world around us, the place we fit into the overall scheme of things, and the day-to-day steps and questions needed to be taken and posed to achieve a happy life.”
Anne Hendershott, Professor of Sociology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, reviewed: “It is truly a joy to read a book on happiness that is not filled with pop-psychological platitudes, but rather, provides sound sociological data on the correlates of happiness. Professor Nemeth sets the record straight on long-held myths: including the myth that the presence of children negatively impacts marital happiness, or the myth that happiness can be found through the pursuit of sensory pleasure, money, or fame. Drawing from Aristotle and Aquinas, this book is truly a gift to remind us that happiness is promoted by living naturally and in accord with our natures, and that happiness with God is, as Nemeth reminds us, ‘never fleeting, never temporary and forever eternal.’”
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