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Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine (utgåvan 2016)

av Derren Brown (Författare)

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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 HappyDerren 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. Happyaims 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.… (mer)
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Titel:Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine
Författare:Derren Brown (Författare)
Info:Transworld Digital (2016), 448 pages
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Happy has introduced new perspectives to my thinking which I hope will grow with me over time. ( )
  Jaq23 | May 20, 2020 |
This book didn't make me happy. Frankly I skimmed a lot of it. I thought it was going to be a kind of self-help guide to applying Stoic principles to a normal everyday life. But lots and lots of it was the author's personal feelings about fame and his weird psychoanalytic digressions on relationships. Derren Brown apparently has some small amount of fame in the UK as a magician of sorts. So we get to hear about how he feels about that. I didn't care. Nothing he said about relationships ever really resonated with me. And when it was actually about applying stoic principles to modern life, it wasn't the best treatment of the subject I've ever read, either. Still, I had some takeaways. You know how we think about what we would say if we could go back in time and talk to our younger self? Why not imagine that your older self has come back to talk to you? What do you imagine she'd say? Mine would probably say something like, "Relax, idiot, enjoy life." ( )
  Tytania | Jun 20, 2019 |
Couldn't read -- well-meaning but basic
  annesadleir | Nov 21, 2018 |
This was a great book to read. I’m interested in stoicism and Browns understanding of it makes it enjoyable to read. This isn’t a self help book. It actually discredits those and doesn’t have a secret formula by which to make yourself happy. I’m re-reading the book just to make sure I haven’t missed anything. 😀 ( )
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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 HappyDerren 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. Happyaims 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.

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