Friday, November 05, 2021

Happy - Derren Brown


Derren Brown - best-known as an illusionist - outlines the rigorous application of stoic philosophy to increase our happiness on an everyday level. In one psychology experiment he references, the mortality rate of a group of residents in a nursing home was twice as high when they had all their decisions made for them. Authorship is the idea of taking ownership of the stories that we tell ourselves. A central takeaway in the book is that it's the stories we tell ourselves that impact our happiness, so the more we own our stories, the more we can balance our created aims with the fortuitous occurrences in our lives. Overall, this is a book written where psychology and philosophy meet and it creates a thought-provoking invitation to practise happiness.

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