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  • Happy

  • Why More or Less Everything Is Absolutely Fine
  • Auteur(s): Derren Brown
  • Narrateur(s): Derren Brown
  • Durée: 14 h et 32 min
  • 4,6 out of 5 stars (56 évaluations)

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Happy

Auteur(s): Derren Brown
Narrateur(s): Derren Brown
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The audiobook edition of Happy, read by Derren Brown.

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?

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.

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.

©2016 Derren Brown (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love." (Alain de Botton) 

"Crammed with wisdom and insight.... I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know." (Stephen Fry)

"Witty, useful and beautifully written." (The Sunday Times)

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Incredible and valuable message, but not an easy solve

I was really put off by this book for the first few chapters. Between the scholarly British accent and rich vocabulary (be prepared to look up words like “perspicacity”), it initially came off as an arrogant author more ready to criticize why self help won’t make you happy, than to provide any solutions himself.

But somewhere around the middle of the book the reasoning behind this approach starts to make itself clear, and the incredible value of a book like this becomes apparent.

I believe that this author really wants the best for everyone, and has made the difficult call to write what’s good for us, that we don’t necessarily want to hear. Taking a look at what some of the smartest philosophers throughout history have discussed, and finding joy in small things like a clay sugar pot, he attempts to show us that what we think we want in life, is very often not what will make us happy.

As he suggests, leave the false easy answers to the politicians and ‘The Secret’. Consider instead trying to live a more full life in each and every moment—with all of life’s ups and downs—than assuming you should always aim to be “happy”.

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Worth the listen

As someone who has explored multiple self-help books, including 'The Secret,' I found this to be a refreshingly insightful read. It was my first foray into stoicism, and, cheesy as it may sound, I genuinely feel like I'm walking away a better person after finishing it. The vocabulary was a bit challenging for me at times; however, I believe I'll revisit this book in the future to pick up on anything I might have missed. I'm incredibly grateful to have stumbled upon this recommendation on Reddit—it has truly made a positive impact on me.

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A must!!

An absolute must for everyone! How refreshing! Truly an answer on how to be happy right now, right here, right where you are.

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Finally, an extraordinary book

I'm not young and I've read dozens of book about the art of living over my lifetime. Some uselessly complicated and full of pseudo "philosophical" rhetoric, others too shallow and simplistic to even qualify as bad recipe books.But this one strikes the perfect balance. It draws heavily on the stoics, but on other sources as well. There are no recipes for happiness. It's an ongoing journey where we find people and tools to help us along. Ultimately, it's about facing our common, ultimate mystery: death, with courage, serenity and a twinkle. This book is one of the few that is up to the challenge. It provides us with a mixture of thoughtful perspectives from philosophers and scientists, and beautiful and poignant accounts from people who have faced, or are facing, death, but who will never be "famous".

I usually have no patience for the shallow, hollow, and dollar-oriented platitudes found in many self-help books. Many are insults to basic common sense. But this one is of another kind. It kept me interested from beginning to end, making me feel, empathize, and reflect. It's a great book, and a wonderful experience. Whatever expectations I initially had, it exceeded them and more.

I strongly recommend this book, especially if you're tired of the marshmallow miracle diet advocated by a significant portion of the self-help industry, and are looking for something deeper, closer to life as we experience it.

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It’s a stoic life for me

I’ve been an admirer of Derren for nearly 20 years and to hear him talk about this subject particularly coming off a bad break up really helped me focus on what’s important and what matters. I loved the book and loved that he read it himself. I highly recommend giving it a listen no matter what state you’re in.

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Fantastic

Put it this way... I'm starting again. This is a phenomenal work. Derren is powerful and super interesting.

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