Read Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine Online Free - 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, and come up with all sorts of different definitions and ideas for how we might live a happier life. Here, Derren explores the history of happiness from classical times until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. His aim is to reclaim happiness for us all, and enable us to appreciate the really good things in life for what they are.
Fascinating, entertaining and revelatory, this is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if there must be more to life...
|Title||:||Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine|
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November 24, 2016
DID NOT FINISH
If life is about the stories we build, then one of my most cohesive narratives is reading. It’s fair to say most everyone spends their entire life reading, so I suppose I am no exception, but even so, I like to count it as a hobby, rather than a necessity of life. And part of that s...
October 08, 2016
(No spoilers included here) It is so frustrating knowing that people will choose not to read this book because they don't like Derren Brown, or that many fans of Derren are picking this up, getting 100 pages in and giving up because it's 'too intellectual.'
A fantastic book of essays drawing on a...
February 12, 2017
Yep, there is no secret formula, no only recipe for all best things.
Other stories, like the one we sense the girl at the stage door is learning from her mother, become deeply ingrained and in many ways define who we are. We tell ourselves tales about the future: ‘Oh, I’m an awkward misfit who l...
December 22, 2016
My love for Derren Brown’s work as a philosopher magician made me eager to pick up his book on happiness, which draws much from the Stoics view of life. I’ve recently found that Stoicism resonates a lot with me, and I was eager to see how Derren Brown uses their wisdom, his own experience, and ot...
November 07, 2016
Not to mince words, I believe that Derren’s latest book will be truly life-changing for the right type of reader. It is that rarest of books: one that I felt had been written for me personally. There’s very little about magic or illusion in here. This is essentially a 400+ page discourse on the a...
August 16, 2017
Sweeping in its scope, unexpected in its provenance. The last few chapters on death are a bit drier, but the book ends well. Hopefully like our lives. But that's up to the story you write for yourself.
You don’t make decisions based on your experiences.
You make them based on the stories of you...
January 22, 2018
I couldn't finish this, it's just not my thing....
Thought this might stop me from being such a grumpy arse but it seems I shall remain one for the time being.
July 27, 2017
This was quite hard going but interesting. Derren Brown looks primarily at Stoicism and how it can be applied to every day, modern life. However, the lessons on not focussing on material goods or career trajectories and so on were of no help to me at all as I'm very confident that I don't do that...
November 17, 2016
I've noticed some reviews beginning with the phrase "No spoilers." It's a self-help book, folks. I can't help but envision a SNL-style skit where a young man goes to church for the first time, hears the priest say "Jesus died for your sins" -- and then storms out shouting, "Thanks for RUINING it...
October 12, 2017
Not my usual sort of read, but I heard the author talking about it on a radio programme recently which piqued my interest.
The book is intended as an antidote to the fraudulent claims of religions and - the secular equivalent - self-help "gurus" and their "positive thinking". These only help foste...