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Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness

First published in 1930, The Conquest of Happiness is a guide to living a happy life; a self-help classic written for an era when people were more practical and less self-obsessed than today. It addresses a fundamental question - how can we be happy? - not by asking readers to overthink the problem, make endless lists or dig deep into their subconscious, but by suggesting useful and manageable things that can be done to improve their daily lives. Both of and ahead of his time, Russell showed that true happiness could only be achieved through thought and effort. Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness illustrates the timeless nature of Russell's insights by bringing them to life with modern examples and case studies. Tim Phillips' superb interpretation of The Conquest of Happiness is an entertaining accompaniment to one of the most important works of popular philosophy ever written. Twenty-first century readers will discover: * How to achieve happiness even if you're not the richest, cleverest or prettiest; * Why being true to yourself is the first step to happiness; * That viewing life as a competition is a good way to make yourself unhappy; * How to use your unconscious mind to solve your problems; * Why alcohol is not the answer (but guilt-free sex could be). Anyone who feels that true joy is beyond their grasp can free their mind and let this book show just how easy finding happiness can be. Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness is not a substitute for the original. Its purpose is simply to illustrate the timeless nature of Russell's insights into human nature by bringing them to life in a contemporary context. Tim Phillips' brilliant interpretation of The Conquest of Happiness is an entertaining and highly practical reworking of one of the most influential popular philosophy books ever written.
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Table of Contents

All the small things Your happiness is your business Dumbing up Buying happiness The me generation It won't make any difference The future isn't what it used to be Tough love Not great men Speak your brains A world of snark Work-life madness Literature's return on investment How to be bored Bad boredom Are you sitting forward? Explosive disorders Think less and do more In two minds Hotties and notties Never enough Lost in the forest Bollocks to unhappiness Make love, not rules In vino veritas? They aren't out to get you No excuses What they aren't telling you It's not me, it's you Don't panic Man or manipulator? You are what you are Leave it all out there On having a hobby The joy of appetite Too much of a good thing Not just a talking head No one likes me Too much, too young Badge kissers Having it all Power and tenderness You never call In defence of call centres Lifelong learning A higher purpose The price of obsession Strategy and tactics When really bad stuff happens Effort, not resignation Resignation, not effort The stream of life

About the Author

Tim Phillips (London) has been a freelance journalist since 1990, writing about business, technology, social change and innovation. He has written for the Wall Street Journal Europe, the International Herald Tribune, The Times, the Sunday Times, the Observer, the Independent and the Daily Express among others. For two years he was a technology and Internet columnist for the Guardian. Tim is also author of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince (9781904902836) and Charles Mackay's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (9781905940912).

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