Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual
In this unique blend of self-help and moral philosophy, perfect for fans of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project or Dan Harris’ 10% Happier, talk-radio host Dennis Prager shows us that happiness isn’t just a value—it’s a moral obligation.
When you ask people about their most cherished values, “happiness” is always at the top of the list. In this enduring happiness manifesto, Prager examines how happiness not only makes us better people, but has an effect on the lives of everyone around us—providing them with a positive environment in which to thrive and be happy themselves.
Achieving that happiness won't be easy, though: to Prager, it requires a continuing process of counting your blessings and giving up any expectations that life is supposed to be wonderful. "Can we decide to be satisfied with what we have?" he asks. "A poor man who can make himself satisfied with his portion will be happier than a wealthy man who does not allow himself to be satisfied." Prager echoes other political commentators in complaining that too many people today see themselves as victims; he submits that the only way to achieve your desires is to take responsibility for your life rather than blaming others.
If you're willing to put some thought into achieving a happier outlook, you will find plenty to mull over in Happiness Is a Serious Problem.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JillKB - LibraryThing
I would actually give this books 4.5 stars because while most of it is amazing, there were a few chapters near the end that I found less meaningful. I really need to reread this short book every year to give myself perspective on what is important in life and how to strive to achieve happiness. Read full review
Happiness is a serious problemUser Review - k624 - Overstock.com
Great book and valuable insights. Helped in raising my girls and helping them see personal issues in a different light.I give this book to anyone who I value. Read full review
Life Is Tragic
Equating Happiness with Success
Equating Happiness with Fun
Fear and Avoidance of Pain
The World Has Too Much Pain
Happiness Is a Byproduct
Cultivate a Philosophy of Life
Find the Positive
Everything Has a PriceKnow What It Is
Accept the Lower Parts of Your Nature
Allow Innocuous Expression of Your Lower Parts
Seek to Do Good
Seeking Unconditional Love
Seeing Yourself as a Victim
The Opposite Sex
Genes or Biochemistry
Attitudes and Behaviors That Are Essential to Happiness
Meaning and Purpose
Find and Make Friends
Psychotherapy and Religion