This was an interesting read on the characteristics that combine to make people happier. The author pulled from ancient books and beliefs to discuss commonalities on what they say about being happy. The central thought of the book is that the mind is like a rider a top an elephant that is our will. The rider can coax and try to influence the elephant but it doesn't always do what the mind wants it to. Inspiring read
This is an insightful, no nonsense, and easy to understand. I have already recommended it to all my friends. A must listen.
The organization of the material into simple ideas.
Sometimes I am concerned about nonfiction in the car, since I often want entertainment, not information, to and from work. However, I found myself listening to this totally arresting book well beyond the car...while doing chores, or cooking, or...whatever!
Jonathan Haidt presents his Happiness Hypothesis so that even lay people can get it, and benefit. There were many aha moments...I used the bookmark feature on my phone for the first time so I could go back and capture the websites he referenced and other data one cannot highlight with a marker on a soft copy while driving.
As a matter of fact, I am considering purchasing the hard copy for my second dose of happiness...I am sure that even though I hit rewind a gazillion times, I missed important stuff.
I even had one spectacular epiphany when he quoted Kahlil Gibran: "Work is love made visible." I will spare you the details, just know that there is surely something here to enhance anyone's understanding of their own situation in life.
And the narrator...another great find. Now I am looking for more George Wilson reads, just loved his delivery. Since the book is written in the first person, and delivered in the writer's first person, there were a few times when I had to remember, hey, that's not Jonathan talking!
Not sure if I should say here, but JH has at least one vid on TED talks, give it a look. Even there I took a full page of notes. (Yes I have to take notes...CRS setting in quickly)
Although a bit long towards the end I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's written in an engaging and entertaining style yet packed full of well researched content. The author has tried to answer all the questions of the ages referencing all the great sages from history, religious teachings and modern day scientific findings while importantly linking these with psychology and anthropology. Such a rich tapestry of information I thoroughly enjoyed listening and learning from this book and daresay will be returning again for another listen.
I'm a retired woman living in a coastal rural area on the mid-north coast of NSW. There's a lot of work to do around the property and listening to a good book while doing it is just 'the best'.
I haven't read the print version so cannot compare. To be able to mark places to go back to would have been an advantage of the print book, however, I know that I would have had more trouble finding the time to finish reading the book and may have lost the thread. The audio version goes with me throughout the day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be listening to it again. It helped me clarify my views about several aspects of life - I'd like to be able to discuss them with others who have read it - so will try to persuade friends to read it!
The elephant - made me realise how big he is!
That requires more pondering.
I liked the narration. George K Wilson has a rich speaking voice with a fairly neutral accent and is able to vary his voice when quoting other writers, without hamming it up.
this is my favorite book , and the first book i bought in audible, it really helped me, i listened to it much more than other book, and it is the reason why i still a member of audible...my native language is not english , so i can not express well.
I have many terrible memories, when i listening to the book, I feel like the voice is warming me and there is hope ahead of me, thanks for the author's professional research^:^
Truly insightful. I find a lot of self-help books patronizing, unrealistic, and repetitive. This on the other hand doesn't offer simplistic slogans, but rather an academically and philosophically grounded overview of human nature and happiness. It makes you think.
The writer sometimes took quite a distance from the views he reported, contrasting different arguments, so it can feel a bit contradictory sometimes and I wasn't left with very clear, stand-out conclusions. On the other hand, I think there's so much subtle wisdom in there that it warrants a second listen.
So, if you are analytical, I recommend it.
Probably not. Began with some interesting facts, but after awhile it became tedious. I felt like I should have been taking notes.
Delivery was good.
The research involved reflected on the unbiased approach to such a large array of topics about human behavior and sense of self. It not only made me contempt with my own humanity but it provided tools to improve my self appraisal as well as that my surroundings.
The fact that the author not only references pertinent research but challenges it in an unbiased way that makes it all come together. It just made sense to me.
Very well narrative and engaging tone that follows the spirit of the story.
Life is what we deem of it. I will strive to train my elephant.