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Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment Hardcover – May 31, 2007
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The most significant observation in the book is that happiness is the ultimate currency. It's so basic, and so true. All this stuff that we do in life is for the purpose of gaining happiness. When I realized that status, possessions, relationships and accomplishments have no intrinsic value, I began to rethink my approach to life. The funny thing is, I do just about the same things today that I did back then. The difference is my experience of them. For me, it was matter of changing the way I motivated myself. For you it will probably be something else.
I don't know if this self-help book is better than any other, but it was very valuable to me. If you are in need, read it and do the exercises. The results will not be instant, but hopefully it will start or continue something good in your life.
Best of luck, everyone.
This does descend into mimicking the self-help genre pretty quickly.
I think my issue with this book is that the author underpins his reflections and conclusions too often with, with, well, not with much other than his opinion supported by Samuel Smiles type aphorisms.
This is a shame, because the field of Positive Psychology (capital letters employed deliberately) has so much going for it, not least a substantial serious wealth of empirical data to support it.
I understand that the author's lectures at Harvard are incredibly well-attended and indeed well-regarded. Not quite sure why, on this showing.
It's not a pure example of the self-help genre (thank goodness), but neither is it sufficiently scholarly or referenced to be much more.
In fact one of the books that Ben-Shahar should have included in his bibliography, but for some inexplicable reason didn't, would be a far better introduction: "The Happiness Hypothesis", by Jonathan Haidt (a definite 5 star read) is everything this book should have been, but was published a least a year earlier.
An alternative introduction, more practical but better-referenced than "Happier" is Ilona Boniwell's "Positive Psychology in a Nutshell", which I can also recommend whole-heartedly.
The writing itself is a little self-helpy which is something I couldn't quite get over. I would've liked to have more hard data and information to challenge me in my thinking around the topic. Much of the book is also repetative and I felt it was at times patronising.
It took a bit of concentration to get over the writing but once I focused on the topic at hand, I found the information quite illuminating.
All in all however, if you can get over the writing and into the crux of the topic, I think it's a very useful book and definitely worthy of a good read. Some of the exercises and meditations are useful and are things I would encourage any person to at least try.
Shahar's text is very informative and, more especially, very perscriptive. If you have ever read a self-help text that left you without directions for direct application, this book can rescue you. Shahar took great effort to ensure that the reader would not miss the multitude of applications available from his book. Each chapter has instructions for the reader to apply what he has so wonderfully written.
The recent surge of positive psychology is largely credited to texts like this. This book is definitely going to join the canon of positive psychology texts because of its rational arguments, its plain and clear style, its scientifically based research, and its allotment of applications.
I recommend this book to anyone curious about positive psychology, happiness, or the pathway to better living. For you, this is money well spent and this book is certain to make the willing reader happier.
This is a must read for anyone searching for peace, happiness, and meaning.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't show a picture of the dust cover if there is no dust cover. That's false advertising.Published 6 days ago by D. Anderson
If you believe you can change your brain to be more grateful and happy, this book is valuable. It has great exercises throughout the pages. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Craig K.
I'm not much happier, to be totally honest. When it comes to reconciliation of a philosophy that has guided your life (atheism, death being an end point, corporate sociopathy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I had to buy this book for a class and oh my gosh I am sorry it is one of the most boring books that I have ever read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie
Book focuses on what is really important in life - happiness. Laid out in a logical format that makes it easy to understand. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Mark E. Warner
Book came as expected, I'm only on the first chapter, so far so good. Best price I found here at Amazon. Hardcover and new. I am glad I was able to find it on Amazon.Published 5 months ago by Haskins