Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Preview of Derren Brown's book on happiness?

For two years or so, Derren has been working on a forthcoming book about happiness. In a 2014 interview with The Press and Journal, he shared some thoughts that will no doubt end up in the book:

We are fed a very unrealistic and anxiety-inducing model of what happiness is. It says that if you set goals you will achieve them and be happy. And there are so many mistakes in that....

...there are things in your life which you are in control of, and those you’re not. You need to not care about those things which you’re not in control of. And when you come to really understand that, you can go from being really upset about something to that lovely feeling of being a kid where everything is okay.

Hopefully the book will come soon. Derren has posted on Facebook that he has been reading about ancient philosophers as part of his writing effort -- so this could be a pretty exhaustive treatment of happiness.

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