Happiness Is A Serious Problem

Happiness Is A Serious Problem

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Happiness, says Prager, is a serious problem. This is because the single greatest obstacle to happiness is insatiable human nature itself. But though lasting happiness is profoundly difficult to achieve, it is not impossible. Now, with his insightful and explosive new work "Happiness Is a Serious Problem, " an extension of his world-famous lectures, Prager gives readers the powerful new tools they need to make happiness a reality in their own lives.

"Happiness Is a Serious Problem" contains many life-changing insights, including the idea that the only people we know who are happy are people we don't know well; the fact that being happy is usually seen as a selfish goal but that we have a moral obligation to the people in our lives to pursue it; and that unhappiness is really the difference between our perceptions and our reality. By changing our reality or reducing our expectations, happiness becomes easily realizable. Humorous, accessible and penetrating, "Happiness Is a Serious Problem" shows that 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 191 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 358.34g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • ReganBooksHarperPerennial ed
  • 0060987359
  • 9780060987350
  • 170,858

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We are completely satisfied with nothing

There is little correlation between the circumstances of people's lives and how happy they are.

This is the repair manual we should have been handed at birth

When you ask people abouttheir most cherished values in life, "happiness" is always at the top of the list. However, unhappiness does not seem to be the exceptional order to be happy, we first have to battle ourselves.

Happiness is an obligation--to yourself and to others

Not only do we have a right to be happy, we have an obligation to be happy. Our happiness has an effect on the lives of everyone around us--it provides them with a positive environment in which to thrive and to be happy themselves.
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..".a cogent and thoughtful examination on why human beings have a moral obligation to be happy." -- "USA Today.".".[Prager] has an astonishing ability to state simple truths we hadn't heard articulated before, at least not so clearly, in a way that makes their truthfulness immediately and powerfully obvious." -- "The Wall Street Journal""Prager's latest book challenges readers to realize that they--not any outside force--are the greatest obstacle to happiness."-- "Los Angeles Times "There is perhaps no more important task for a person that the research for happiness, and no more reliable guide in that quest than Dennis Prager." -- Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"
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