This was my 1st audio book and I have not read the print version.
One of my most memorable discussions was the explanation on how we humans got our "big heads" and all the work that goes into educating, training and carrying around our "big head" babies - I have two so I can relate. It was interesting to identify with some of the ways we deliberately yet unintentionally create "unhappiness" in our lives by isolating ourselves by moving farther from our jobs for bigger homes, driving more expensive cars, and going into debt by buying stuff we think will make us happy, when all along if we do the opposite like reduce our commute times in traffic, live within our means and think twice about how we spend our time and money, we could reduce our stress thereby living a happier existence.
No this was my 1st one
I enjoyed this very much. I had some apathy at 1st since it was a gift from my father whom I felt was obviously making a judgment call on my level of happiness, but I was presently surprised that the audio had more of a psychology/philosophy flair as it related numerous anchient wisdoms all from different ages but all ultimately saying the same thing and completely relatable to present time.
Listening to the analysis of the research gave such clarity to a usually philosophical subject.
The science behind the brains evolution helps you to understand human nature.
7 Habits of highly effective people - thorough research leads to a conclusion on human nature rather than a persons own experiences or a motivational approach.
From the first chapter I was enthralled in Positive Psycholgy. It made so much sense and I believe it can help people change their lives.
Fairly heavy on the science of psychology, which I found very interesting but others may find heavy going.
This is by far the best audio book I've listened to. The subject is captivating and the narration is professional. The Happiness Hypothesis is perhaps a misnomer. This is an easy to digest overview of the interrelated aspects of the self, personality and society - something we all need to understand - and as such the insights are priceless. Haidt quotes liberally from scholars from the early days of philosophy through to current trends in psychology (as that is his area of expertise), to help the listener to build an understanding of the human condition and where and how we fit into the world around us from a pscho-social-philosophical point of view, but its always presented in an easy to digest format. I've been looking for a good all-rounder book to recommend to others who want to learn more about life interactions - and this is the one. I know I'll listen to this a few times over the years, to keep it fresh in my mind. Highly recommended.
I expected a modern guide to creating more happiness in every day life, but when author concluded Chapter 3 by including Prozac in the list of things that can give you happiness, decided this book is not about the kind of happiness I'm looking for.
The voice of the reader is too monotone. It sounds like you're listening to an audio Bible.
Boredom and disappointment
This book made me unhappy because it was about what everyone else said and did not contain original ideas. What Budda said, somebody else said is not so interesting. I am interested in what the author himself thinks.
I would recommend it only to those that can handle a good amount of technical jargon and presentation. The book had interesting points, but I often got lost and had to rewind due to my brain tuning out the technical speak. Additionally, even though this book was raved about in a trusted book club, I don't understand what all the commotion was about. Maybe most of the information just wasn't new to me.
The concepts were mostly easy to follow, but only because I have a background in neurobiology and psychology. The concepts were too technical for the general population, and for those that are not detail oriented.
No. I don't know what else the author would tell us, and whatever he did try to say would likely be too technical. I.e. information is often less compelling if it's not delivered well. I doubt that the author would deliver well additional information in a follow-up book.
The history seems good but the narrator didn't let me finish the book. I'll try some Redbull before listening this book again.
The book offers an interesting view into how we find happiness and gives you something to think about.
Haidt has done some really interesting research and the book has some real gems that, but be aware of the lens through which Haidt perceives the world. In the first half of the book he uses political examples that would have one thinking that all hypocrisy and demonization in the United States comes from the political right. Towards the end of the book he acknowledges that he is politically liberal and goes on to summarize that the politcal right in the U.S. is better at holding community together while the left is better at standing up for the individual. Haidt would benefit from getting out of his ivory tower and seeing that there is a world where the exact opposite argument could be made more cogently.
His lens is shared by many of our academic institutions and one can only wonder what people will think of our age when they look back in 50 or 100 years and wonder how it was that we didn't use the knowledge at our fingertips more productively. Considering how much I otherwise enjoyed this book, it was disappointing that Haidt's bias and blind spots threw into question the book's broader credibility.
Yes and I do. Anyone who can call themselves a Jewish atheist is my kind of guy. But seriously, if you are tired of New Age invocations to find yourself as though you'd lost yourself somewhere, then this is for you. Grounded, solid, knowledgable, humorous, compassionate and he doesn't preach or invite you to feel part of a bigger anything. This is a book that should be read (or heard) by anyone, irrespective of whether they feel they have something to learn about the human condition, especially if they think they have nothing to learn about the human condition. And if your religious or ascribe to a force out there, don't read this, you might be tempted to finally accept that it is you.
Hmm, that's a little harder to comment on. I am Australian and he definitely sounds like the American equivalent of someone trying to speak with a plumb in their mouth. At first, I thought he was completely the wrong reader because one had the feeling that he didn't empathise with the content but I got over this and now quite like his voice. Not a big issue.
To get on with it, stop fussing so much, stop blaming and tearing what little hair I have left out. To accept my humanity and I mean the fact that I am an animal who walks upright and has being telling himself that what goes on in my head is beyond me. It isn't.
Yes, get this into schools ASAP