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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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Brought to you by Penguin.

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

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"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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  • sarge
  • 30/05/2019

Stoicism for the ages!

If you want to know how to live life and live it well then this is the book! Derren Brown explains how Stoicism can be applied to help oneself live in the present moment & to let go of what cannot be controlled. It’s like cognitive behavioral therapy delivered in a methodical, approachable, & reality centered way. It left me feeling well...quite happy.

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  • Sam Russell
  • 07/04/2019

A witty and thoughtful take on stoicism

This is a breath of fresh air in a genre cluttered with empty platitudes and wishful thinking. One would expect no less from the renowned debunker of charlatans, but even Derren manages to leave the listener pleasantly surprised.

Derren wades slowly but surely into the murky waters of life's biggest questions. Why are we here? What should we do with our short time on earth? What would we like to do with our lives?

This book will make you think hard and probably leave you with more questions than answers, but it will definitely point you in the right direction and leave you better than it found you.

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  • 24/06/2019

Excellent primer on living a considered life.

The book isn't a stoic book exactly. It's philosophical, and the philosophy that he leans on most is certainly Stoicism.

The book is partly a much needed corrective the mawkish and naive pablum that fills the self help bookshelves and, unfortunately, people's desperate minds.

This book is a serious, realistic look at what can really be done to live a better, more fulfilled and happy life. This is a book about what matters, really, and how to focus on that.

If you're new to Stoicism this is an excellent place to start. It's modern, engaging and relavant. If you are long down the road of Stoicism much of this book will be retread, and that's okay.

But, there is a lot of this book that isn't Stoicism. He draws from many sources, referencing all sorts of sciences, philosophy and schools of thought. It's worth a read for that alone.

And, Darren reads it. He's an excellent narrator and you get the benefit of the passion and inflection that only the author could convey, with no downsides. He could no doubt be a narrator if he cared to. He's fully professional.

This book is underrepresented by the quantity of reviews and accurately represented by the quality of them. It's excellent. I'll be recommending it to many people for the foreseeable future.

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  • Mike A Klotz
  • 26/03/2019

Must read/listen

The timing of this book couldn't be any better. In our modern world full of victim-hood and the cult of me, me, me we can all use the quiet, but firm, reality check Derren so eloquently delivers.

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  • Diane
  • 06/08/2020

Meta-recommended

There are few books that I would actively recommend literally everyone to read. That’s kind of a recommendation is more than just a recommendation. I’m not sure what to call that kind of recommendation. Meta-Recommendation? Hyper-Recommendation? He touches on topics that affect everyone at one time or another. He unabashedly tells the truth, but remains sensitive and empathetic. For me, this book is a shot in the arm to seize my life as my own, and to make of it whatever I wish.

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  • benjaminlgoodey
  • 20/07/2020

Great listen.

This book actually gave me the chills. I’ve recommended to allot of friends. Derren is a pleasure to listen to and shows a lot of insights that is easily (?) incorporates it to my own personal life.

I believe this is my first review, and I’m a long time listener so me taking the extra effort to rate and review speaks for it self 😊

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  • 19/06/2020

tiresome

rehash of other ideas. very little value or aha moments. tough to finish. Hoped for much more as I appreciate Brown.

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  • Alex Hut
  • 15/06/2020

A Great Journey Into How We Torture Ourselves

Derren Brown does an incredibly clear-minded job of methodically taking the listener through every alleyway of philosophy on the subject of happiness, and his conclusions. A must-read for malcontents like myself.

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  • user-MXTR9P1
  • 15/06/2020

Real talk

Derren is a great narrator and the book is pure gold - very genuine information.

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  • Joanna T. Bopp
  • 12/05/2020

Self-help book not wanting to be a self-help book

While there are some interesting parts to this book, there are many times it rambled. Being aware that Interesting is subjective, I don’t think many would find a whole section on how to deal with people who come up and want your picture and autograph to be relatable. There were a bit too many references to how he’s famous or recognizable that are strewn throughout the book for my taste. He also does not want it to be self-help book (as stated repeatedly), but when you have conclusions about how best to live, it cannot help but be a self-help book.

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  • Russel
  • 16/09/2020

Schöne philosophische Reise

Tolles Buch. Brown selbst hat sich offensichtlich tiefgehend mit dem thema befasst. ich habe ein weitaus weniger fundiertes buch erwartet, aber allein literaturverzeichnis hat mich direkt lügen gestraft. Das Englisch ist durch den britischen witz anspruchsvoller als klassische bücher aus dem feld der persönlichkeitsentwicklung. Klare Lese/Hörempfehlung. (Habe das Buch auch als Taschenbuch gekauft, weil ich gerne ein paar passagen nachschlagen wollte. Hierin sind neben wenigen erklärenden diagrammen auch Photografien von Brown enthalten).

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  • s84
  • 31/07/2020

I liked it

This book had not a lot of new information but a different take on things. This to me means I’m on the right track :)

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 17/11/2019

brilliant

Derren Brown is one of those people who hits the right spots in my brain. With his topics, his choice of words and his voice. He should record it in German aswell. I recommend this book for people with bpd.

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  • Ms
  • 20/03/2019

too lengthy at times

this audiobook is too lengthy at times, especially when all the ancient philosophers were presented.

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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