Happiness Is a Serious Problem
In this unique blend of self-help and moral philosophy, Dennis Prager asserts that we're actually obligated to be happy, because it makes us better people. Achieving that happiness won't be easy, though: it requires a continuing process of counting your blessings and giving up any expectations that life is supposed to be wonderful.
Mr. Prager addresses how too many people today see themselves as victims; he submits that the only way to achieve your desires is to take responsibility for your life rather than blaming others. Whether or not you agree with that view, if you're willing to put some thought into achieving a happier outlook, you will find plenty to mull over after this engaging presentation.
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Dennis Prager is one of America’s most widely respected radio talk show hosts, columnists, authors, and speakers. He has been broadcasting for 32 years, nationally syndicated since 1999. He has lectured in 45 states, nine of Canada’s ten provinces, and on all seven continents. He is a Jewish theologian who regularly speaks at both Christian and Jewish institutions and who has recorded over 300 CDs of biblical commentary; and he is an orchestra conductor who has introduced thousands of people to classical music.
Called by Toastmasters “One of America’s five best speakers,” Dennis Prager is one of America’s most respected thinkers. David Brooks wrote in his New York Times column, “Dennis Prager is intelligent 99% of the time.” The Los Angeles Times described him as “an amazingly gifted man and moralist whose mission in life has been crystallized – ‘to get people obsessed with what is right and wrong.’”
Mr. Prager was a Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, where he did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes. He has taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College; and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords. He holds an honorary doctorate of law from Pepperdine University.
He is an expert on happiness, a subject about which he has broadcast an hour each week for 16 years, written a best selling book, and lectured around the world.
Mr. Prager has lectured on all seven continents, in 45 U.S. states and in nine of Canada’s 10 provinces. He has lectured in Russian in Russia, and in Hebrew in Israel.
Dennis Prager’s daily three-hour radio show is heard on over 120 radio stations across America and around the world on the Internet. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he’s appeared on Fox and Friends, Red Eye, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Hannity, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others. The late radio and TV personality Tom Snyder called Prager “the best radio talk show host in America.”
He has written five books, all of which remain in print and widely read. His first book, The Nine Questions People Ask about Judaism (Simon and Schuster), co-written with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, has been translated into nearly a dozen languages, and is one of two or three most widely used introductions to Judaism in the English language. New York’s The Jewish Week newspaper called Prager “one of the three most interesting Jewish minds in America.”
His second book, in a second edition published by Simon and Schuster in 2003, is Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism, called by The Jerusalem Post “a seminal” work and by Rabbi Harold Kushner, “the most persuasive explanation of antisemitism ever written.”
His third book, Think a Second Time (HarperCollins), is the best introduction to the wide scope of Prager’s thinking. It is a book of 44 essays on 44 different subjects, on topics ranging from “Can a good man attend a striptease show?” to faith in God after the Holocaust. Bill Bennett, from the right, called Think a Second Time “one of those rare books that can change an intelligent mind” and from the left, USA Today columnist and professor of law Susan Estrich called it “Brilliant, a tour de force.”
Happiness Is A Serious Problem, his fourth book, was published in February, 1998 by HarperCollins and rose to number one on the Los Angeles Times best seller list.
His latest book, published in 2012, is Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. It was a New York Times best seller.
Dennis has engaged in interfaith dialogue with Catholics at the Vatican, Muslims in the Persian Gulf, Hindus in India, and Protestants at Christian seminaries throughout America. For ten years, he conducted a weekly interfaith dialogue on radio with representatives of virtually every religion in the world.
Dennis writes a syndicated column (Creators Syndicate) that is published in newspapers across the country and on the Internet. His writings have also appeared in major national and international publications including, Commentary, The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal. His essay on Judaism, homosexuality and civilization was awarded the $10,000 First Prize by the Christian Amy Foundation. And his Jewish writings were awarded the American Jewish Press Association’s First Prize for Excellence in Commentary.
In 2002 Dennis produced a documentary Israel in a Time of Terror, a compelling look at how the average Israeli deals with the daily threat of terror. It has been shown at colleges, universities, churches and synagogues across the country. Dennis has also written and produced three best-selling comedy videos on values. For Goodness Sake, directed by David Zucker (Naked Gun), For Goodness Sake II directed by Trey Parker (South Park).
In 2011, Dennis co-founded with Allen Estrin, Prager University, an institution of higher learning on the Internet with a unique difference – all the courses are five minutes long. The courses distill the best ideas of the best minds in the world and cover the disciplines of Political Science, History, Philosophy/Religion, Economics and Psychology. The faculty includes Paul Johnson, George Gilder, Arthur Brooks, Peter Kreeft and many others.