The Pursuit of Happiness by Ruth Whippman

29 May 2016



"Giving birth for me, was like emerging from a car crash to find myself inexplicably madly in love with Vladimir Putin" 

This one quote, in my opinion, sums up The Pursuit Of Happiness!  An amazingly dry witted and comical look at the self help industry!

Before I read the bio of this book I thought it was going to be a full on how to find happiness tomb with the same advice over and over again

However, what it actually is is a scathing assessment of the booming happiness industry.

Sometimes slightly depressing, when you look at how easily we can be duped by big business and those supposedly trying to help us be our best selves and other times roaringly funny, with the authors assessments her life and general Britishness. I really enjoyed learning about life behind self-help as an avid lover of all things self improvement!

I will admit I did struggle with the first chapter as it is fairly weighty on the facts and background but the more I read the more moments of British wit I saw.  It was like after the first chapter the author really warmed to her audience and relaxed into her topic.

The book takes you on the authors own journey of happiness and sometimes it can be quite a negative tale which seems out of place in a book about happiness but even if her writing style is not for you it is an interesting read and the author has extensively researched it!

If you have an interest in Psychology and how people tick this would definitely be a good read for you.




Disclosure: I received this book as part of the Britmums Bookclub free of charge in return for an honest opinion.  All opinions are my own

18 comments

  1. It's embarassing I haven't read a book in ages.
    Your blog posts are my books right now. Great post by the way xo

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    1. I go through spells like that where I don't read anything for ages! Luckily this blog keeps me reading!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I hate it when I struggle with the first chapter of a book, for me it makes or breaks a book x

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    1. I totally agree! If I really struggle with the first chapter it tends to set the tone of the book for me but this one definitely picks up! I really enjoyed it

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  3. I read the pursuit of happiness a little while back and it was a great read for me. It helped me see the world differently.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean it really helped me see the other side to the self-help industry and the pressure we put on ourselves to be our best self

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  4. From the title alone I was expecting something very different, but this sounds really interesting and with a bit of depth. Thank you for the review.

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    1. Me to! I thought it was going to tell me all about how to be "happy" but it's like an Anti-self help book!

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  5. I love the title. This books looks like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  7. Sounds like an interesting book - one of holiday perhaps?

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    1. It would definitely be a good one for the beach

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    2. It would definitely be a good one for the beach

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  8. It sounds interesting although to be honest a bit to heavy for me.

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  9. Haha what a awesome quote, I love books like this. Definitely adding it to my must read list xx

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  10. it was a book i enjoyed overall but interestingly i found i like the 'heavier' research bits really fascinating. x

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    1. As I got into the book I found them more and more interesting and she's great at making the facts a little less weighty and hard going I thought

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    2. As I got into the book I found them more and more interesting and she's great at making the facts a little less weighty and hard going I thought

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