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Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual | [Dennis Prager]

Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual

When you ask people about their most cherished values in life, "happiness" is always at the top of the list. But surprisingly few people claim real happiness. We seem to be completely satisfied with nothing, and indeed, there is little correlation between the circumstances of people's lives and how happy they are.
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When you ask people about their most cherished values in life, "happiness" is always at the top of the list. But surprisingly, few people claim real happiness. We seem to be completely satisfied with nothing, and indeed, there is little correlation between the circumstances of people's lives and how happy they are.

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.

©1998 Dennis Prager (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Astonishing...anyone who feels unhappy more than he would like will benefit from reading this book." (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)

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    Rosemary Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 05-07-10
    Rosemary Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 05-07-10
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    "Lots to think about!"

    Very thought provoking work, if you are a deep thinker. I enjoyed learning about happiness and this book taught me more about myself.
    I did think the author did a disservice to "secular" people with generalizations about the group as a whole. Assuming that because they are secular they believe life is meaningless, goes too far.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 01-20-13
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 01-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "very nice treatment of happiness."

    being there is a wash of books on seeking happiness and a large portion of those new age trash, to find one authentic and wise is a treat.This book seems to me a real treat.I agree greatly with all but one chapter in this book.That chapter is on unconditional love with God,yet even this mr.Prager handles as his opinion only based on his Jewish possition.I highly respect this even though I do not experience the Love of God as non-unconditional as he does. yet his opinion does contains wisdom gems within it,for I agree that the idea of unconditional love is often used and abused out of context .I very much like this author and thinker.He goes straight to first principles again and again.I beleive you will like this book and if by its teaching your a little more happy,isnt that worth a credit..hope you enjoy...

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    Dawn Kaneohe, HI, United States 03-22-12
    Dawn Kaneohe, HI, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wish Prager would narrate this..."
    What did you love best about Happiness Is a Serious Problem?

    Love the content of this book, it was my first introduction to Dennis Prager many years ago - back then, on cassette tape.

    However, Dennis really should have narrated his own book. The narrator is adequate, clear but seriously lacks the personality and intonation of Prager. Prager's clever lines fall flat in this version.

    It is still very worth the time to listen, for content.


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    Sheryl MEMPHIS, TN, United States 12-26-11
    Sheryl MEMPHIS, TN, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Its good the word serious is in the title"

    I only it enjoyed after a 3rd listen, I had to make an effort to find the insight. At first it comes off depressing.

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