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The Courage to be Happy: True Contentment Is In Your Power

This is the continuation to The Courage to be Disliked, spending a lot of time focusing on education, and then about love and happiness. At times, it seemed a bit directionless, and the dialogue felt even more contrived. Overall, I liked the first book so much more — perhaps the ideas were fresh, and now it felt like insignificant details being added? Perhaps I didn't find the arguments as compelling?

It's kind of funny: I appreciated The Courage to be Disliked quite a bit, and upon recommending it to people, noticed several people found it difficult to read, and otherwise not all that interesting. This time, I felt this way about The Courage to be Happy, so perhaps it's just where I am right now. So, take my critical review with a grain of salt, and perhaps I'll revisit later.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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