Happy - Derren Brown


By Derren Brown

  • Release Date: 2016-09-22
  • Genre: Philosophy
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings



‘Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love’
Alain de Botton

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it?
Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success – such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals – can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death.
Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that ‘everything’s fine’ even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.


  • Potentially life changing

    By NanomanJ
    A very smart man, wonderfully witty, but also emotive and real.
  • Great book, wrong narrator!

    By lkjflkfdl;kj
    I'm reading the hard copy and listening to the audio in combination. The book itself is brilliant I'm really enjoying Derren Brown's witty and informative style and the subject matter is so thought provoking and insightful. Unfortunately, though I'm finding the narration style very distracting from the flow of the book. I'm sure Jot Davies is a great actor and narrator but his over emphasized and theatrical style feels inappropriate for this book. Perhaps my expectations are high as Derren Brown's voice is very recognizable and ideally he would be reading his own words. However, my wife has the same issue with the voice. The content of the book is very detailed and the written style is very entertaining therefore we don't feel it should be embellished with a, for want of a better word, patronizing intonation. I recommend you buy the hard copy and read it to yourself. This one does not work as an audio book I'm afraid.