The Truth About Happiness

Why Money, Power, Beauty and Fame Are Not the Answer

Malene Rydahl

200 pages September 2017 Personal Development

If only I were more beautiful, rich, powerful, famous, and had lots of sex. I would be happy at last (or not)!

In her bestseller Happy as a Dane, winner of France’s “most optimistic book of the year” award, Malene Rydahl reveals the secrets of the Danish happiness model to teach us how we can live better, more purposeful lives.

The Truth About Happiness widens the scope, examining our endless quest for happiness and the many illusions that often get in the way of true contentment.

Backed by research, statistics, and stories from real life, The Truth About Happiness explores some of the surprising and nefarious side effects of beauty, money, power, fame, and sex, highlighting the dangers of constantly comparing ourselves to others. Analyzing the power of television, magazines, social media, and more, Rydahl underscores that our struggle with the illusions of happiness is a timely as ever, and guides us toward how we might better avoid disillusionment to find our own path to true happiness.


“Drawing on rigorous research, Malene Rydahl provides us with a large dose of reality, which is critical if we are to lead a happy and fulfilling life.”— Tal Ben-Shahar

“An enthralling study, guaranteed to simplify our lives.” — Point de Vue

“Malene Rydahl, author, speaker, and Goodwill Ambassador of the city of Copenhagen, tactfully yet assuredly attacks the obsessive quest for happiness in our contemporary societies.” — Le Point

“A great read, with thorough and solid research. The book pushes each one of us to question our imagined ‘dream life’.” — Les Echos

“After her international bestseller, Happy as a Dane…Rydahl helps us pinpoint what it really takes to be happy in life. A must-read.” — Business O Feminin