The author is Todd Buchholz and it offers a valuable corrective to many accounts of zero- and negative-sum games:
I began to tear apart my old book manuscript and develop a new and controversial idea: the happiness comes from the rushing around. We feel better chasing the tails, even if we never catch them. The hunt makes us happier. I began to write at a furious pace, feeling that I was knocking down false prophets who speak from pulpits, pits, classrooms, and yoga mats and make their followers feel guilty about trying to to eke out some success in a chaotic world.
You can pre-order it here. I agree with the main thesis. My question is this: if there is some value in butting your head against the wall, do the "false prophets" and their preaching make us happy too?