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Summary

This metaphysical self-help classic instills happiness within and urges individuals to pursue a content life without sin, boredom, or contempt. Written decades ago with post-war depression in mind, this text has transcended time and continues to give applicable advice for modern-day individuals.

Public Domain (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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20th Century philosophical and pragmatic classic

Makes Paterson's very good 12 Rules to Life look like A-level homework. The only drawback is the narration is not by Russell himself. If you find this book boring, start with the chapter on boredom. 🤔🤣🍻

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Must read for own happiness

At many moments in this book you will say: "oh thats what's wrong with me!" It's a great grounding book.

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Witty and wise.

wonderful and thoughtful. having Bertrand Russell read with such a strong american ascent was odd but he did a great job. over all, brilliant.

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  • 09-09-20

Narrator was horrible

Narrator was horrible, dull, robotic, unenthusiastic, lifeless, uninterested, mechanical, lifeles, it was slow and painful to hear him speak

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  • S.B.
  • 29-06-20

Somewhat enlightening yet outdated

This book was a mixed bag for me. Russell seeks to lay out the various components which lead people to happiness. The entire book seems to be based purely on Russell’s observations rather than on any scientific findings. Even so, many of his points ring true even today, 90 years later. Yet at the same time, the book is definitely showing its age, and some of the points no longer hold true.

Narration was a little weird. It felt like the narrator was reading a bible, everything felt overly articulated with too many random breakpoints between words that interrupted the flow of certain sentences.

If you are familiar with Russell’s writings and don’t mind how the narration sounds in the sample—you will probably get some valuable, albeit somewhat outdated and anecdotal lessons from this book.

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  • karen borg
  • 22-03-20

Best map to happiness

This may be the best book about human happiness I’ve ever read. I’d guess that 97% of his writing is timeless. Not bad for having been written in 1930 when the world for women and minorities was very different than today.

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  • 04-09-21

This Should Be Required Reading For Young People

I would consider this to be pretty much the definitive text on the sources of happiness and unhappiness in the modern era.

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  • M.Shamsia
  • 26-12-20

incredible just incredible

Bertrand Russel the best man that I've had the privilege of reading his work ever.

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  • PT_Matt
  • 23-09-20

Very thought provoking

To be honest you really have to sit and listen to this book. It's not one to have on in the background. The author gets very deep in his explanation so you at times have to really digest what he is saying.

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  • 23-09-20

Amazingly relevant

I'm not able to follow all of his advice, but I'll happily try. It seems unbelievably prescient for a book written close to a hundred years ago.