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Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 22/09/2016
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`Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love' Alain de Botton 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 book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return 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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780593076194
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 724 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Witty, useful and beautifully written... this book grapples expansively with the most profound questions any of us face" * The Sunday Times *
"Brilliant. Really brilliant and just crammed with wisdom and insight. It will genuinely make a difference to me and the way I think about myself. I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know." -- Stephen Fry
"Brown tries to resurrect the original Stoic ambitions here: not just to live well but to die well, too. His book is thoughtful, insightful and ultimately, well, helpful." * Sunday Times Books of the Year *
"Til now, we've known Derren Brown as a supreme illusionist and magician. Now he surprises us with a new and brilliant identity: as a philosopher. Not just any philosopher. Brown takes philosophy back to its truest task: that of helping us to live and die well. His book is deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love. It sets out to change lives - and it will. Derren has pulled off a properly implausible trick: that of making the deepest ideas relevant, humane and urgent." -- Alain de Botton
"In this wise and perceptive book Derren Brown has conjoined personal experience, profoundly sensible psychology and the magic of philosophy to produce a really excellent account of how to be happy - really, maturely, properly happy. This is a wonderfully educative - and enjoyable! - book, and should be on everyone's reading list, always. " -- A.C. Grayling

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Emily at Lancaster King Street

“Happy to Have Read It”

Thanks to Alison Barrow for the review copy.

Happiness is a concept I struggle with. I overthink, overanalyse, and worry about pretty much everything. Or I used to. Until I read this book.

Happy charts the history... More

Hardback edition
14th October 2016
Helpful? Upvote 62

“Happy”

What does it mean to be Happy? And how should we go about ensuring our happiness and well being? There is a whole host of books on this subject, telling you to buy into their schemes and follow this step and that step... More

Hardback edition
13th November 2016
Helpful? Upvote 45

“Expand your mind”

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Happy, it maybe classified as Self-Help, but it’s more Smart Thinking or Philosophy.

Happy traces the history of the search for happiness, from the ancient Greek philosophers to religion... More

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