The influence of joy - PDF book by George Van Ness Dearborn

The influence of joy

The influence of joy



One of the many unhappy circumstances of this life of ours (which, after all, numerous really intelligent people rather dislike to leave) is the fashion prevalent in superior circles of deeming conscious and obvious happiness undignified. This harsh but permeating spirit of the old Bay Colony is not yet wholly dead among us, although the echo of a day when to kiss one's wife or to smile on the Sabbath was a fault.

 At its very best it is all, of course, a part of the sadly mistaken notion of Brother Giles, for example, that the body, that miracle! , is " a devil's knight fighting against salvation ", a prejudice which for fifteen centuries has kept the fair appreciation of the body and its victories far below its just valuation in the world's common mind. Joy, on the contrary, is the empirical index of the normal activity of unified mind and body, the living man was meant to live, rational and unafraid. 

And it is not the sincere and frank philosopher, truly learned in things as they really are, and wise, who belittles the adult's gladness of life, but the pretender, the pedant, whom, however, there are few to contradict.


Contents of the book:

PART ONE
THE POWER OF JOY
I. AN OUTLINE SURVEY .... 3
II. THE INFLUENCE ON NUTRITION . . 41
III. THE INFLUENCE ON THE CIRCULATION 82
IV. THE INFLUENCE ON THE NERVOUS
SYSTEM, ETC. . . . .111
V. THE LOVE-LIFE 143
EPITOME . . . ... . . . 153
PART TWO
THE NECESSITY OF JOY
VI. WORK AND PLAY .... 159
VII. WORRY AND THE GLORY OF The WORLD 171
VIII. THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS. .194
IX. PERSONALITY 209
INDEX 219



the book details :
  • Author: George Van Ness Dearborn
  • Publication date:1916
  • Company: Boston, Little, Brown and company

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