Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Self-Help - 192 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Life Is Tragic
11
Images
26
Equating Happiness with Success
37
Equating Happiness with Fun
44
Fear and Avoidance of Pain
53
Expectations
55
Family
65
The World Has Too Much Pain
72
Happiness Is a Byproduct
107
Cultivate a Philosophy of Life
114
Find the Positive
122
Accept Tension
127
Everything Has a PriceKnow What It Is
130
Accept the Lower Parts of Your Nature
137
Allow Innocuous Expression of Your Lower Parts
141
Seek to Do Good
146

Seeking Unconditional Love
75
Seeing Yourself as a Victim
78
The Opposite Sex
87
Genes or Biochemistry
93
Part III
94
Attitudes and Behaviors That Are Essential to Happiness
99
Meaning and Purpose
101
Develop SelfControl
149
Find and Make Friends
153
Psychotherapy and Religion
164
Passionate Moderation
171
Index
173
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Dennis Prager writes a syndicated column, hosts a radio show carried by 120 stations, and appears regularly on major Fox venues. He is the author of Happiness Is a Serious Problem and Think a Second Time.

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