F*ck Happiness: How Women Are Ditching the Cult of Positivity and Choosing Radical Joy Audiobook, by Ariel Gore Play Audiobook Sample

F*ck Happiness: How Women Are Ditching the Cult of Positivity and Choosing Radical Joy Audiobook

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Read By: Liisa Ivary Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781982672232

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Longest Chapter Length:

27:17 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:27 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

13:52 minutes

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Publisher Description

Can a woman be smart, empowered, and happy?

Happiness has become a serious business. Where twentieth-century psychology focused on depression and illness, in the new millennium scientists have begun focusing on “positive psychology”—the study of happiness. Ariel Gore first became intrigued by this subject when she discovered that a class on positive psychology was the most popular course on the Harvard campus.

As she read deeper into the topic, she noticed something disturbing: everyone in this happy land was a man. Worse still, some of these new “experts” seemed hell-­bent on proving that women with traditional values and bread-winning husbands—those who had made “an effort to expect less,” according to one sociologist—were more content than women with feminist values. The more she read, the more she wondered: Can a woman be smart, empowered, and happy?

Determined to find out, Gore began her own “study in living”— a journey into the feminine history, science, and experience of happiness. Her results, chronicled with humor and curiosity in F*ck Happiness, are by turns fascinating and enriching. A woman’s happiness may not come easily and it may not take the forms prescribed by popular culture. But, as Gore discovers, it is not only possible but necessary.

F*ck Happiness is a smart, no­-nonsense, uplifting study of the real secret of joy and whether it’s truly at odds with the goals of modern women.

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“Positive psychology, as happiness study is often called, has ignored women’s issues, she says. She proffers her own system for truly comprehending the concept of happiness, especially women’s personal happiness…Thoughtful, funny, and inspiring, Gore is a down-to-earth guide to the elusive human quest for happiness.”

— Booklist 


  • “[Gore’s] research is absorbing, her idea of happiness as a dynamic force is appealing, and her conclusions seem sensible.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Gore enlisted 100 other women to keep journals about their happiness efforts…[and] interweaves musings on psychology and happiness with her story…Female readers of positive psychology books will like this one.”

    — Library Journal
  • “Chronicles Gore’s ups and downs in her personal quest for happiness…The book is also a distillation of the history of happiness studies, with commentary on America’s and women’s unique relationship with the emotion.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Ariel Gore

Ariel Gore is a journalist, teacher, and author of numerous books on parenting. She is the founding editor–publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award–winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Her memoir Atlas of the Human Heart was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won a Lambda Literary Award in 2010.

About Liisa Ivary

Liisa Ivary loves to tell stories that take you on the characters’ journey. From theater to audiobooks to teaching, Liisa brings listeners along with humor, rigor, safety, and ease.