Happiness is something that we can spend our entire lives chasing. It can be fleeting, elusive and yet harder still to define on a deeper level. Sometimes, all it takes is a shift in perception for us to change how we feel. This thought-provoking audiobook challenges our view of how we define happiness.
Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it?
Across the millennia philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life.
Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help's suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety.
This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining audiobook exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking and poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that everything's fine even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.
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A disastrous narrator. I'll be asking for a refund
RUINED BY DREADFUL NARRATION!!
I pre ordered this audiobook. It didn't say who the narrator was. I had hoped it would be Derren Brown, but was still looking forward to listening even if it wasn't.
Imagine my dismay when I discovered that this is yet another good book that has been ruined by Jot Davies!
It's just unlistenable. Every sentence is delivered with exactly the same irritating cadence which gets more infuriating every time you hear it until, after about 2 minutes, you have to turn it off to stop yourself from punching something. Such an effort is being made to try to add inflection to each individual word that the overall modulation is jarringly unnatural and bears no relation to the message of the sentence, making it impossible to follow.
I haven't been able to get past the first 5 minutes. I'll be returning it and buying the paperback book instead.
Derren Brown. Failing that LITERALLY ANYONE ELSE.
Please stop ruining good books with this narrator. Please.