• The Art of the Good Life

  • 52 Surprising Shortcuts to Happiness, Wealth, and Success
  • By: Rolf Dobelli
  • Narrated by: Keith Wickham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-17-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Since antiquity, people have been asking themselves what it means to live a good life. How should I live? What constitutes a good life? What's the role of fate? What's the role of money? Is leading a good life a question of mind-set, or is it more about reaching your goals? Is it better to actively seek happiness or to avoid unhappiness?

Each generation poses these questions anew, and somehow the answers are always fundamentally disappointing. Why? Because we're constantly searching for a single principle, a single tenet, a single rule. Yet this holy grail - a single, simple path to happiness - doesn't exist. Rolf Dobelli - successful businessman, founder of the TED-style ideas conference Zurich Minds, best-selling author, and all-around seeker of big ideas - has made finding a shortcut to happiness his life's mission. He's synthesized the leading thinkers and the latest science in happiness to find the best shortcuts to satisfaction in The Art of the Good Life, his follow-up to the international best seller The Art of Thinking Clearly (which has sold more than 2.5 million copies in 40 languages all around the globe).

The Art of the Good Life is a toolkit designed for practical living. Here you'll find 52 happiness hacks - from guilt-free shunning of technology to gleefully paying your parking tickets - that are certain to optimize your happiness. These tips may not guarantee you a good life, but they'll give you a better chance (and that's all any of us can ask for).

©2017 Rolf Dobelli (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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No shortcuts, but some good perspectives

Narration was outstanding! The narrator is a big find for me.

I didn't feel there was enough content for this sort of book. The ideas apply to some people some of the time, I feel. Not enough of it applied to me. If the ideas were covered in more depth or if there were more ideas, I'd be more excited about the book.

To me the most interesting viewpoint presented had to do with specialization and generalization in one's life. The author is 100% on the side of specialization. He supports this one with broad historical anecdotes and it certainly does get one thinking.

In my opinion, each of the ideas requires a lot more work. The ideas deserve more effort, because each one offers lots of promise.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful