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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by Haskins
We all think about happiness, and this book shows us how to do so more effectively. The author explains what happiness is, how to stay on track to a happier life, talks about... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trisha
It was ok I guess didn't immediately capture my attention so I didn't finish the entire book.Published 5 months ago by marjorie gettys
I ordered this for my daughter...she has a college paper due on this once she finishes reading it...it arrived yesterday & she started reading it immediately... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Teresa
If you are interested in positive psychology and improving your own life, buy this book! I understand why this was a very popular course at Harvard. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MauiJOY