"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 a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly even change the way we live our lives.
Shortlisted for Indie Awards' Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014
Shortlisted for ABIA Awards for General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Drawing on his long history as a social researcher, Hugh Mackay takes on one of the big questions in this approachable, warm and often humourous look at what constitutes a life well-lived. Never preachy, Mackay takes examples from everyday people and conversations to illustrate fascinating insights that will stimulate self-analysis, conversation and debate.
I enjoyed "The Good Life" by Hugh MacKay very much. A lot of what is written is common sense. I feel I learned a lot on the true meaning of the good life and how I can strive to do better and more for others.