Happy : Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine
by Derren Brown
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER’Deeply instructive, moving, wise and full of love’ by Alain de Botton, everyone says they want to be happyBut it’s a lot easier said than done.What is it to be happyAnd how do you know when you’re feelingThroughout the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happinessThey defined in many different ways and came up with a multitude of strategies to live the good lifeDrawing on this vast body of work, in a joyful Derren Brown explores the evolution of concepts of happiness – from the surprising modernity of the wisdom of the Stoics and Epicurians in antiquity until today, when self-help industry tried to promote happiness as its ownIt shows how much self-help suggested by ways of happiness and success – such as positive thinking, self-confidence and goal-setting – can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety.This brilliant, sincere and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking and, in turn, poses difficult, but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and how we think of deathHappy aims to regain happiness and to allow us to appreciate the good things of life, in all their transient gloryBy taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, remembering that “everything is fine”, even when it may not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to grow and live happier
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