In the United States, happiness is almost perceived as a right, something to which we are entitled by our mere existence. But Moreland and Klaus contend that few of us really understand what true happiness is nor how to obtain it. The pursuit of true happiness is, at heart, about spiritual growth or, one might say, spiritual development. And that's really what this book is all about.
I've read more than a few books that address happiness, virtue, and spiritual development, and, in my opinion, this is one of the most practical and easy-to-read-and-apply.
Authors J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler take turns writing the chapters, yet the book has an amazingly smooth and continuous flow rather than the repetition or disconnections you might expect. Both authors include personal stories and applications.
Each chapter ends with a number of questions that can be used either for personal reflection or for group discussion. This is a great book for a group to go through together, but sharing is likely to get personal and deep, so the group would need to be selective about who participates.
The Lost Virtue of Happiness might well be one of those few books you read that transform your life. Highly recommended.