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The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • by Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by Paula Poundstone
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis. She gets in shape with tae kwon do. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her daughter. Swing dancing? Meditation? Volunteering? Does any of it bring her happiness? And, more important, can the happiness last when she returns to the daily demands of her chaotic life? The results are irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and pointedly relevant to our times.
The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a hilarious story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a working mother raising three kids. Paula is a master of her craft. Her comedic brilliance, served up in abundance in this book, has been compared to that of George Carlin, Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin, and David Sedaris.


What the Critics Say

"Comedian Paula Poundstone wanted to know if there's a secret to happiness, so she became the test subject of her totally unscientific research. Listeners are the beneficiaries. In each chapter, she tests a new hypothesis for happiness, starting with getting fit with taekwondo and moving to camping with her daughter, dancing, and spending more time with her family. Along with scientific-sounding evaluations and analyses comes the wisdom, laced with her canny observations and sparkling wit, and delivered in her trademark deadpan tone." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

As always, Paula nails it

What made the experience of listening to The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness the most enjoyable?

The question of what makes this book on Happiness by one of the funniest women in America enjoyable to listen to is ironic in a Poundstone kind of way. Dark times call for laughter, and Poundstone delivers in spades. I always buy her books to listen to, as well as hardcopy, because her delivery is amazing. I haven't finish listening yet, but this is one I'll listen to over and over again. Thanks, funny lady!

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- Tammy

Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

Relatable, human, smart, and enjoyable. Humble and intelligent, obviously a Giver and Human Extraordinaire, Paula Poundstone has written a wonderful and uplifting book. So much imperfection combined with so much hope, work and love. I remember Paula Poundstone's comedy from a long time ago. I saw this book in the new at Audible section and am glad to have bought it. Paula's been busy and is one of the people who does what she can to make this world a better place. The book is realistic, yet inspirational.
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- Diana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books