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Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human…

Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual

by Dennis Prager

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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. ( )
  JillKB | Apr 4, 2013 |
It teaches moderation and emphasizes our normal animal instints. It has tons of practical applications. I loved reading this book. I will try to remember the formula U = I - R (Unhappiness = Images - Reality). ( )
  Kanutz | Aug 19, 2007 |
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In this unique blend of self-help and moral philosophy, talk-radio host Dennis Prager asserts that we're actually obligated to be happy, because it makes us better people. 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 many conservative 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. Whether or not you agree with that view, 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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In this book, lecturer, theologian, philosopher, and Los Angeles radio personality Dennis Prager ruminates on what makes happiness such a serious problem to solve. He discusses the difference between happiness and success and between happiness and fun and how to adjust our expectations of life. Prager maintains that insatiable human nature makes lasting happiness profoundly difficult to achieve, but that nevertheless, it can be a reality. When happiness is treated with the same level of seriousness that people bring to life's other tasks, it becomes immediately more tangible and thus achievable.… (more)

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