Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success – such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals – can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death.
The modern psychology began with Rene Descrate (1596-1650) whose viewpoint was that reflection and introspection are investigatory methods, which are more superior to observation. He believed that the ideas of body-mind are dual and innate to knowledge. John Locke believed that interaction between body and mind in equal relationship between aspects of same unified phenomenon. Immanuel Kant reconciled the viewpoints of body and mind, and trying to relate between the mind and body and whether the mind is in control. In conclusion, contemporary psychology grapples with the same issues physiologist and philosophers grappled with as most of them concur that the mental processes and human behavior harmonize to adopt to the environment.