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The Happiness Hypothesis Audiobook

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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Publisher's Summary

This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

©2006 Jonathan Haidt; (P)2007 Gildan Media

What the Critics Say

"I don't think I've ever read a book that laid out the comtemporary understanding of the human condition with such simple clarity and sense." (The Guardian, UK)
"A delightful book...by some margin the most intellectually substantial book to arise from the 'positive psychology' movement." (Nature)
"Fascinating stuff, accessibly expressed." (Booklist)

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    Cay.S 02-11-13
    Cay.S 02-11-13
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    "Life, the Universe and Everything"

    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.

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    Annabelle Coomba Bay, Australia 02-05-13
    Annabelle Coomba Bay, Australia 02-05-13 Member Since 2016

    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'.

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    "Loved every minute of it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Happiness Hypothesis to be better than the print version?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The elephant - made me realise how big he is!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Happiness Hypothesis?

    That requires more pondering.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Bonnie xiamen, China 01-25-13
    Bonnie xiamen, China 01-25-13

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    "this book helped me a lot"
    What made the experience of listening to The Happiness Hypothesis the most enjoyable?

    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^:^


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    Lisa Jyväskylä, Finland 12-01-12
    Lisa Jyväskylä, Finland 12-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Recommended"

    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.

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    Mckenzie A. Graye 11-26-12
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    "Like auditing a college course"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Haidt and/or George K. Wilson?

    Probably not. Began with some interesting facts, but after awhile it became tedious. I felt like I should have been taking notes.


    Has The Happiness Hypothesis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Delivery was good.


    Could you see The Happiness Hypothesis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Absolutely not.


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    Sean Melbourne, Australia 10-29-12
    Sean Melbourne, Australia 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great insights"

    Very interesting and insightful book on what constitutes happiness and how we can achieve it in our lives.

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    Anna Romulus Miami 10-02-12
    Anna Romulus Miami 10-02-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Best Read of my adult life."
    What did you love best about The Happiness Hypothesis?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very well narrative and engaging tone that follows the spirit of the story.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Happiness Hypothesis?

    Life is what we deem of it. I will strive to train my elephant.


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    niQui SLC, UT USA 09-12-12
    niQui SLC, UT USA 09-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for humanity"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The essence of the information. I feel humans lose sight of what we're searching for, which should be happiness. Contentedness. We attach money to the goal, thinking that's the way, and from then on the search isn't for happiness; it's for money, affluence, material gain, status. This book helps to align our perception of what happiness is, and affirms the simplicity that it implies.


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    Sean Riverside, CA, United States 08-24-12
    Sean Riverside, CA, United States 08-24-12
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    "Must Have for the Genre"

    I have read a lot in this genre and this is a definite must. Haidt is very insightful, do not hesitate, it is worth it.

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    Bryan johns creek, GA, United States 08-13-12
    Bryan johns creek, GA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Must Read"
    Where does The Happiness Hypothesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 books to read this year.....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have listened in one sitting if I could have.


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