The Sunday Times Bestseller
'Really brilliant and just crammed with wisdom and insight. It will genuinely make a difference to me and the way I think about myself.' Stephen Fry
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.
What readers are saying:
***** 'Immensely positive and life-affirming'
***** 'This is the blue print to a good life'
***** 'Thought provoking and potentially life-changing.'
Loved it. Heavy reading but worth it.
Loved it. Took me a long time to read - a lot to absorb.
Potentially life changing
A very smart man, wonderfully witty, but also emotive and real.
Great book, wrong narrator!
I'm reading the hard copy and listening to the audio in combination. The book itself is brilliant I'm really enjoying Derren Brown's witty and informative style and the subject matter is so thought provoking and insightful. Unfortunately, though I'm finding the narration style very distracting from the flow of the book. I'm sure Jot Davies is a great actor and narrator but his over emphasized and theatrical style feels inappropriate for this book. Perhaps my expectations are high as Derren Brown's voice is very recognizable and ideally he would be reading his own words. However, my wife has the same issue with the voice. The content of the book is very detailed and the written style is very entertaining therefore we don't feel it should be embellished with a, for want of a better word, patronizing intonation. I recommend you buy the hard copy and read it to yourself. This one does not work as an audio book I'm afraid.