• von Derren Brown
  • Sprecher: Jot Davies
  • 18 Std. 0 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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 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.


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I heard the whole audio book which I actually think is even better for the purposes of the book itself, that is, to change the stories we tell ourselves. And what better way to change the story we hear in our heads than by listening to a better one? One that is so carefully thought out! The whole experience was like having the best conversation with the most intelligent, interesting, loving, well spoken and "zen" of people. It took me a week to hear it all, and it was worth every single second of it, for the very voice in my head has learned less disturbing ways but more considered and well meaning ones. I can most sincerely recommend this book to anyone, regardless. It is a marvelous description of humans, from their philosophical history to very petty and sometimes silly ideas we ended up having about ourselves, others and the world itself. As endearingly and lovingly as it was written, and well read out when recorded, it still seems almost as if it weren't written by a human at all, for we cannot ever be constantly and consistently this considerate. Thus hearing this book has been my favorite highlight of each days, my comfort of thoughts and feelings. I can only hope everyone has the same wonderful experience.
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- Bogdan Jensen


confirms what we all suspect - there is no big secret to happiness except that it is available to anyone
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- Alexander

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 10.11.2016
  • Verlag: Random House Audiobooks