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Happy

Why More or Less Everything Is Absolutely Fine
Lu par : Derren Brown
Durée : 14 h et 32 min
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Happy, written and 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?

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 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.

©2016 Derren Brown (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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

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  • Brandon
  • 14/03/2019

Man, oh man..

For me, this book is one of those right place right time kind of things. Mini paradigm shifts. Derren is very intriguing to listen to, and the little tools he presents are extremely beneficial for everyone’s day to day social interactions. I particularly like the philosophical breakdowns of most emotions he lists, and the bit on death is a real fist to chin thinker of a topic.

Can’t imagine I won’t listen to this a couple more times. Strongly recommend if things feel a little overwhelming in your life.

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  • James Waxal
  • 01/03/2019

Wonderful reading!

Derren has a British twang that peaks your ears and makes the audio a comely delight. Interesting philosophical take that applies to modern day applicable thinking. Enjoyed this a lot, thanks Derren!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27/02/2019

A masterwork excellently read by its author

Life will end. You, me, my children, everyone we love and care about as well as all Homo sapiens will die. Brown successfully explains that it's through the stories we tell ourselves that we can happily live. Calling heavily upon the lessons of the Stoics, Brown narrates the tale that is our existence.

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  • Gerald
  • 15/02/2019

I really enjoyed this.

After hearing Derren on Sam Harris' podcast I immediately put this book in my Wish List and I'm so glad that I purchased this book. If you're looking for a "self-help" book then this is the book for you.

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  • mizzaga
  • 14/02/2019

A must-read for anyone in existential crisis.

A must-read for anyone in existential crisis. This will be read again and again throughout my life. Many thanks to Mr Brown for sharing these beautiful thoughts with the world.

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  • Trevor Crandall
  • 14/02/2019

I will treasure this book.

this book has changed my mind on mindfulness, and changed my life to purse more meaningful activity in my personal life.

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  • W. Machanik
  • 23/01/2019

Good summary and perspective of the western philosophy towards “happiness”

If you are looking for a western perspective of philosophies of happiness, acceptance and all things stoic then this is a great book. I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in a good summary of what western man has philosophize around the meaning of life, luck and happiness. Darren does appear to enjoy the performance too, making the listening never dull.

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  • D. Berzack
  • 07/01/2019

A philosophical chat with a smart, charming buddy

"Happy" is a survey of applied philosophy. like Derren himself, it's very intelligent and approachable. But unlike his TV specials and stage shows, it's not especially memorable.

The value of this book depends heavily on where you stand. I'm quite familiar with philosophy and already on board with Stoic ideals, so this provided a pleasant review, but nothing groundbreaking. For some, this book may be life-changing.

In any case, the audio format is key. Derren's charismatic intellect resonates through his reading, and I think much would be lost in a text version.

Note: Derren, if somehow you read this, they definitely did muck up the cover.

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  • Kyle Downs
  • 26/12/2018

Life changing

whether you are new to philosophy or an avid consumer of thoughts about thoughts, you are guaranteed to be delighted

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  • Louis Macareo
  • 24/12/2018

Love this book. Loved it.

I was expecting much much less from this book and maybe if all of life is about expectation management than that is why I'm so happy with it, but I think it is more than that. The author takes on way more than a superficial journey through the major schools of philosophy and most of the big names in the history of thinkerswho have written about happiness, how to achieve it and what it is. While his main focus is on the Stoics and cognitive behavioral therapy, which admittedly I have a penchant for, he does not simply leave it there. Derren justifies and supports his ideas as to why he believes in these approaches and then rounds them each out with additional commentary. In the end we are left with a picture of life that is not boring, nor requires deep suffering and neither does it subscribe to the philosophy that we must always be happy like a AAA battery and that we can control things that we cannot control. Very simply the book was eminently reasonable, practical and I might also say quite funny and Derren's delivery due no doubt to his years of practice on the stage. Overall a simply wonderful wonderful book.

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  • Strahlemaus
  • 10/02/2019

Very smart book and well written

I loved the book and it really helped me through a breakup. The key concepts were not new to me and yet, Derren choses his words so eloquently that something has clicked and I finally really understood them. So, to me it is a great book, very reflective and well researched