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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Prager Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/18/2014

    " Dennis Prager is one of my favorite talk radio guys. This is a very good, insightful and helpful book, showing how and why one can and should be happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violet | 2/16/2014

    " essential guide to life... that is, if you want to be happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 •*•.suprasixxcinco.•*• | 2/15/2014

    " Easy read, and found that some stuff was right on "the serenity prayer." Some things I thought he was nuts. I also found that he left so things out, like when he was talking about how god allows unjust suffering. He fails to mention how the evil rules over us on earth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Meyers | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't actually finish this when I read it, but it had great perspectives on how to be happy. I love listening to Dennis Prager's "Happiness Hour" at 10am every Friday when I can catch it. Great topics on happiness. And I love when he sings the Happy Hour song hehe :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shemaiah | 1/31/2014

    " This was an amazing book with such a helpful philosophy of life that is life changing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/30/2014

    " Good book that brings up a lot of valid points. I was already familiar with the idea that having our desires and expectations met gauges our happiness. However, It was good to review my hearts deepest desires and if my expectations in life are realistic. My only qualm with this book is that the author doesn't use a lot of studies or scientific evidence to back up his ideas. Although I agree with most of what he says, I think it would add more umph to his arguments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Callow | 1/21/2014

    " Human nature is the greatest obstacle to happiness, and it is the obligation of each of us to battle ourselves in the effort to meet our obligation to all others that we be happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katina Skinner | 1/18/2014

    " This was fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/6/2013

    " Prager very openly and easily lays out potential barriers to attaining the happiness we all desire in life. He does not pretend that these barriers can be overcome without any degree of sometimes very hard work, but show what an openminded and observant life has taught him on the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hensley | 11/15/2013

    " Teaches you how to be happy, and the traps humans set for themselves which result in feeling unhappy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 10/30/2013

    " This book changed my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle Campbell | 9/25/2013

    " This is an enlightening book showing how happiness is not just an emotion, it is an obligation. Dennis Prager approaches the subject using common sense and the understanding that God wants what is best for all of us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin Buehler | 9/11/2013

    " Ehhhh decent but not as good as I thought... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 8/25/2013

    " If I read a self help type book and don't HAVE to own it, it's not worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparkle | 5/8/2013

    " Some worthwhile thoughts to think about I liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 4/23/2013

    " A book everyone should read...go ahead give it a try! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 4/4/2013

    " read it as part of my dad/sisters fascination with happiness books at the time. Similar thoughts as Stumbling Upon Happiness..oversimplifies but makes you think "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxy Beardall | 11/26/2012

    " Everyone should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alina | 9/9/2012

    " There were a few points I disagreed with, but overall, it was a really interesting, helpful read. I feel happier already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Griff | 6/25/2012

    " Insightful and practical. A better speaker than writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/17/2012

    " I loved this, and would put some quotes here... The end of the book had some things I disagreed with, but the rest was great! A fun read and an interesting and thought-provoking one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/6/2012

    " I would actually give this books 4.5 stars because while most of it is amazing, there were a few chapters near the end that I found less meaningful. I really need to reread this short book every year to give myself perspective on what is important in life and how to strive to achieve happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/26/2012

    " A wonderful thought provoking analysis on what REALLY makes us happy. I like his observations and wry humor. I also like his assertion that to lead a religious life gives deeper meaning and purpose unlike the voices we often hear in the current public media. I heartily recommend this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/17/2012

    " Prager is both a genius AND wise. Good simple sense that leads to a happier, more fulfilled life. I'd love for everyone to read this. My only complaint is that the narrator of the audiobook isn't the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamhack | 11/3/2011

    " This is a self-help book: attitudinal. It has some good points (19 that I listed out) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cinnamon | 6/24/2011

    " Some people criticize this book because they feel like it says be happy with what you have and don't try to change it. But I got so much more out of it. Setting aside expectations can be a key to happiness. I thought it was a great message for a world full of people with entitlement issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thebarrys10 | 5/10/2011

    " I underlined so many places in this book! Excellent read!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 •*•.suprasixxcinco.•*• | 2/28/2011

    " Easy read, and found that some stuff was right on "the serenity prayer." Some things I thought he was nuts. I also found that he left so things out, like when he was talking about how god allows unjust suffering. He fails to mention how the evil rules over us on earth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/6/2011

    " Prager is both a genius AND wise. Good simple sense that leads to a happier, more fulfilled life. I'd love for everyone to read this. My only complaint is that the narrator of the audiobook isn't the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 4/22/2010

    " Dennis Prager is one of my favorite talk radio guys. This is a very good, insightful and helpful book, showing how and why one can and should be happy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/17/2010

    " Ehhhh decent but not as good as I thought... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Griff | 11/14/2009

    " Insightful and practical. A better speaker than writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamhack | 10/31/2009

    " This is a self-help book: attitudinal. It has some good points (19 that I listed out) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 10/28/2009

    " This is an enlightening book showing how happiness is not just an emotion, it is an obligation. Dennis Prager approaches the subject using common sense and the understanding that God wants what is best for all of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/14/2009

    " I loved this, and would put some quotes here... The end of the book had some things I disagreed with, but the rest was great! A fun read and an interesting and thought-provoking one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 8/17/2009

    " read it as part of my dad/sisters fascination with happiness books at the time. Similar thoughts as Stumbling Upon Happiness..oversimplifies but makes you think "

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