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  • By: Derren Brown
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  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (317 ratings)

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Summary

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Happiness is impossible to define and illusory. How then are we to lead happier lives? 

In A Little Happier Derren Brown condenses the lessons of his international best seller Happy into 17 beautifully wrought, wise and profoundly reassuring mini-chapters, each one challenging us to think differently so as to overcome anxiety in a difficult world.

None of this is real when each of us tells stories about our lives in too tidy narratives that are seldom true and rarely helpful.

We should be wary of goal setting: long-term goals fixate us on a future that may not happen and we may not wish for when we get there.

Our partner isn't right for us because no-one is. None of us is born for someone else. But perhaps those areas of frequent conflict are useful indicators of where we might ourselves be insufferable.

Life is hard, messy and complex; our friends will probably let us down; most of what has got us here is blind luck and a series of false starts. But if we can learn to separate what we can control - our thoughts and actions - from all else beyond our control, we can find a surer footing with which to greet the world.

©2020 Derren Brown (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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I'm.a follower of Derren....but

Derren speaks really well...but, maybe I'm just a bit thick, but I could have done with a dictionary at quite a few times, and I.didnt really get much out of it...maybe my expectations of Derren are to high. His shows are amazing though...easy to follow, and are fun...the book..not so much.

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This is just a summary version of his other book

If you want a faster summary of his previous book then get this. There wasnt really much new, Id say to only buy this if you have a spare credit and liked the first one, otherwise dont buy it

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Absolutely wondeful

Loved it! i feel i have become a happier person
Derren kept me engaged through the entire book.

Must read

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Tame your anxiety with Mr. Brown's brilliant book!

This audio book is really great. If you are suffering at all from anxious thoughts or behaviours, then I truly recommend this book to help you free yourself from the stifling grip of anxiety.

The perspective that Derren had kindly shared with us is easily digestible and immediately practical.

Thank you for producing this! <3

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Life changing, as expected from Derren Brown

Thought provoking, interesting and well-read. This really changed my perspective on a number of things and provided a new way of thinking. I am already a big fan of Derren but found Happy a bit of a slog - this is a much friendlier read. 100% recommend to all. I actually bought 3 copies as xmas presents for friends and family.

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Just finished my second listen through.

Great condensed piece of work, which offers some brilliant ideas to make life more enjoyable.

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A great summary of Happy

Lovely intro to Happy...only gave a 4 as worth investing the time in the full book which is a massive 5.

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I wish I had told him about his purple trousers

I had read all of the ‘happy’ series although not in the right order and I must admit, enjoyed them all immensely during this crazy covid world. Somehow they take in a new meaning. I digress, ‘a little’ is a comfortable companion; a narrative that offers all the cringe making facial expressions many of us would only prefer not to remember in our lives. If you can get over that, you will find this the inevitable, chuckle fest that only Derren can provide. A guide for the cynical ‘I told you sos’ in the world. A delight. I loved it, albeit irritatingly.

I wish I had had the chance decades ago to tell him that his purple trousers didn’t suit him. That would have made me happy... keep making us feel human and normal, Derren.

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Great wee listen

I have listened to Happy and then bought the book as its something I think is good to refer back to. This has taken the best bits (I think) and given you chance to hear it condensed. it is really short which is the point. so at under 2 hours you are not getting much of a listen, however I would definitely listen again and thoroughly recommend.

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A MUST READ

Derren is a bit of a hero of mine.The story telling, showmanship and ways of thinking all make for an incredible human.This beautifully written almost guide book, is a must read and I’d encourage you to gift it to as many of your loved ones as possible for them to also enjoy.With Derren as the narrator you truely become immersed in the words, and the complex becomes simple.This book comes highly recommended!

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