Happy

Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine

by Derren Brown

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  • 9780552172356
  • 9781473526853

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER

‘Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love’
Alain de Botton

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.

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PRAISE FOR HAPPY:
"Crammed with wisdom and insight . . . I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know" Stephen Fry
"Witty, useful and beautifully written" The Sunday Times
"A wonderfully evocative - and enjoyable - book" A.C. Grayling

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  • Transworld; September 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473526853
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Happy
  • Author: Derren Brown
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780552172356
  • 9781473526853

In The Press

"Brown tries to resurrect the original Stoic ambitions here: not just to live well but to die well, too. His book is thoughtful, insightful and ultimately, well, helpful."


About The Author

Derren began his UK television career in December 2000 with a series of specials called Mind Control. Since redefining the genre of magic for intelligent, modern audiences, he has become synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation. His TV shows have become must-see events. Amongst a varied and notorious career, Derren has played Russian Roulette on live television, convinced middle-managers to commit an armed robbery in the street, led the nation in a séance, stuck viewers to their sofas, successfully predicted the National Lottery, motivated a shy man to land a packed passenger plane at 30,000 feet, exposed psychic and faith-healing charlatans, and hypnotised a man to assassinate Stephen Fry. On top of this he tours the UK every year with a sell-out stage show.

He has published four books: Tricks of the Mind, Confessions of a Conjuror, Happy and a book of his caricatures, Portraits.