Satisfaction not guaranteed uses concrete examples from both history and the present such as happiness surveys to discuss how as a society we might better juggle the demands of modern life with the pursuit of happiness. Satisfaction not guaranteed dilemmas of progress in modern societyby peter n stearns new york new york university press 2012 ix plus 270 pp 3500. The vision of what modern society might be emerged more than two centuries ago as a product of a transformation in western philosophy and a new belief in the way material progress and human improvability might combine. Excerpted from the introduction being cheerful and modern footnotes omitted from satisfaction not guaranteed dilemmas of progress in modern society by peter n sterns reprinted by arrangement with new york university press . Satisfaction not guaranteed dilemmas of progress in modern society peter n stearns in the twentieth and twenty first centuries modern urban industrial affluent societies have made great strides towards fixing some of the problems that plagued other societies for centuries food
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