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  • Happy

  • Why More or Less Everything Is Absolutely Fine
  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Derren Brown
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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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. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Derren the intellect & sage....emerges!

  • By (Andee4me:) on 01-12-18

Thought provoking

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Reviewed: 29-12-18

The author is very sure of his beliefs, which is fine, though the book could be read as didactic. Or rather, misread.

There’s many interesting ideas and concepts from ancient times to modernity, especially from the stoics.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though I found myself disagreeing with much of what he says. However, it’s the areas that I don’t concur with that I found most rewarding as it challenged and left me pondering deep questions.

Such books are good for ones own growth and self introspection.

An enjoyable, satisfying and thought provoking book.
I’ve ordered many of the books Derren mentioned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

  • A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method. The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once - and quickly. After that for the rest of your life, you need only to choose what to keep and what to discard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read it at last!

  • By Friendly Face on 19-10-16

If you found this great advice...

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Reviewed: 30-11-18

...then you had lousy parenting.
I painfully went through the whole book, believing, after all there are many great reviews, that the ah hah moment would arrive.
It didn’t happen. I found this book immensely frustrating.
What’s happening to the world when such books make it into the adult world. (Kings new clothes?)

The narrator is superb, though I felt sorry for her having to read the bleeding obvious.

A place for everything and everything in its place ... dad lived by that and even when he was bed bound, he still knew where everything was.

Chuck out what you don’t need. Needs v wants. You know the stuff.

The ole chestnut. Just Do It. Reading won’t do it for you.

We all know a clean, clear area equates to clearer thinking.

Save your money and buy something enjoyable.

I feel mean not writing a better review. But it won’t change your life. It won’t change a lightbulb, unless you need the book to stand on.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by a very poor last third

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-10-18

One mans story

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Reviewed: 04-10-18

Although a lot of hard graft has gone into this book. And we’re all looking for a simple solution. This book, if taken seriously, will cause some truly ill people a false sense of hope.

It’s concerning that those in a dark period may adhere to the subjective advice and ruin their life.

It’s true, doctors to hand out pills to too many who are not clinically disabled through depression.

Having witnessed a family member commit suicide and her father fighting depression, his medication is keeping him balanced and alive.

One time he had a church tell him he was cured through their prayer meeting. The very next day he was in a police cell due to the consequences of not taking his medication for depression.

The change from the original diagnosis after taking medication enabled him to live a full life. Due to stopping his meds’ he lost his home, wife and children.

Read the book, but please do not put blind faith into one mans misdiagnosis. It’s not an exact science, though it is a life saving one. My brother is still alive today, only because of medical intervention.

I too wrote off big pharma as snake oil. Yet here in England the research by NICE and the university’s is deep and thorough.

The book could cause unintentional and unneeded suffering.

A good support network, though great as it is, everyone has an opinion, everyone reads the latest on the internet, the latest greatest book of the moment. Meanwhile the poor person suffering from depression gets more confused and being vulnerable will try to pleasing everyone’s opinion whilst in internal agony.

It’s an enjoyable read but one mans misdiagnosis has to be seen as a subjective opinion of what the authors bias is.

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  • Finding Happiness

  • By: Abbot Christopher Jamison
  • Narrated by: Abbot Christopher Jamison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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In this audiobook Abbot Christopher turns to monastic wisdom to offer answers, and to explain that in essence happiness is a gift not an achievement, the fruit of giving and receiving blessings. Everybody is searching for happiness but not everybody knows how to find it. In modern Britain, more and more people say that their life is too materialistic and superficial, which leads to a feeling of dissatisfaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Antidote to Modern Life!,

  • By Andy T on 24-11-08

An Antidote to Modern Life!,

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-08

Finding Happiness is one of those rare gems of a book that serenely guides you through the trials of modern day life.
Father Jamison has an excellent delivery and is a highly skilled orator. As with Finding Sanctuary it has been a blessing to read the book and listen to the download.

Father Jamison takes the reader hand in hand to genuine inner joy. \"Are monks happy?\" His reply, \"They are not unhappy.\" That grabbed me straight away, along with his question about having a happy death! Having never thought about death being happy, on the rare occasions I think about death. I realised that to have a happy death, equates to having a happy and fulfilled life.

With his profound insights, and effective communication, this book remarkably mirrors humanities embedded condition. With such elegance, we're guided through many of the reasons that make us unhappy.

Ultimately the dark clouds dissipate, opening the door to inner happiness, if you so choose..

I pray that this also blesses you and sets you on a new track, as we pilgrim through life.

This book is of a solid foundation to make a significant change in your life. Its timing in this troubled era is perfect.

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