Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN 10: 0060987359
ISBN 13: 978-0060987350
ISBN 10: 0060392193
ISBN 13: 978-0060392192
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.
..".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"
From the Back Cover
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.