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Get Happy: Introduction to Happiness

Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (261 ratings)

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Summary

In this five-part series, US happiness expert and positive psychologist Michelle Gielan and British journalist and author Oliver Burkeman explore ways to become truly happier, backed up by scientific evidence. Bringing their own unique and counter-balanced personalities to proceedings they ask questions such as: what is happiness? Can we make ourselves happier? And why is everyone talking about mindfulness?

Michelle and Oliver tackle these questions with the help of some of the world’s leading experts on the subjects and at the end of each episode, Michelle leads the listener through a quick and easy practical exercise that has been shown to increase happiness. Listeners will be left with a genuine takeaway from each episode and encouraged to explore the topics further and take their own steps towards a happier life.

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A great over view

Science and evidence based as well as anecdotal and experiential. A lovely and not smug taster of ways for us to live happier lives

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Useful tips

Each episode contained a practical tip to help you become happier in life. I find these tips useful , though the "doubler" sounded very similar to recording gratitude and sounded like the narrators pet invention rather than another proven technique.

I found the American narrator's husband told me more depressing information than information that made me happy. I had to turn it off when he came on talking about suicide as I was listening with my children. I also found guests being introduced as "the best selling author of" a bit irritating as it seemed to be be suggesting that this made them an expert in the field. I've read enough poor books that sold well to know that isn't the case.
In summary, I found the tips useful, but the actual content was quite light.

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Great overview

While I read books from few authors that feature in the program, the introduction nicely summarised their views and presented new ones.
I also liked the format: two very knowledgeable presenters discussing the happiness with various authors of books on happiness.

Good time spent: gave me ideas what else to read about the topic.

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Made me happy

Really enjoyed this series. I felt the hosts were easy to listen to and the guests were interesting and informative. I feel this has given me a new approach on happiness that is realistic and achievable without hard work.

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mind opener

nice clear and to the point, very easy to follow.
worth a listen, seeing as it's free.👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿

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so so so good, 5 stars

really informative, goes over so many different topics and ways, really enlightening and must listen

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great tips for happiness

Very easy and achievable steps that everyone can take and use every day 😊

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calm down and listen

Enjoyed a chapter each night for five nights of my holifay. I have started some of the exercises in the hope of keeping that more chilled out happy feeling when I'm going back to work. fingers crossed. ( Particularly like the definition of happiness highlighting the difference between fun and inner calm and the quiet peace you have within yourself)

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Interesting and relevant

I enjoyed this as it gave ideas about changing your life to try and be 'happier'.. Whatever 'happy' means! The reason for 4/5 stars is it didn't seem as focused as some of the other titles in this 'introduction to...' series but that's possibly because happiness is so subjective, so perhaps I disagreed with some of the things the guests discussed. It's also the only one I've listened to from the series where I haven't come away with a definite idea or task to incorporate into my life and I didn't have the desire to pause and make notes for later.

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an interesting listen

it's well organized and sounds natural. the information presented feels researched and thought out. I'm glad I put in the time to listen