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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom | [Jonathan Haidt]

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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.
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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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    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
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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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    Gdoumanian dunedin, FL, United States 07-30-12
    Gdoumanian dunedin, FL, United States 07-30-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "One of the Best Books I've ever listened to"

    Amazing, I would definitely listen to again and again. I have recommended this book to many people already. Will change the way you look at the world.

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    Martha Ringgold Jones 06-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Invaluable"
    Would you listen to The Happiness Hypothesis again? Why?

    Yes. It is packed with so much information, you almost have to listen to it AT LEAST twice. Depending on where you may lay on the happiness scale, listening to parts can be uplifting because of the understanding it imparts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was useful how thoroughly the author deconstructed the idea of happiness. It fostered an awareness that puts one more in control of something that may (or may not) be something one struggles to maintain.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That some individuals have a biology that is geared more towards happiness but there is a web of areas that an individual can take action in to raise their happiness no matter where their biology lands in this happiness scale.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

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    G. D. Hodge New York 06-06-12
    G. D. Hodge New York 06-06-12

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    "Very Typical"
    What would have made The Happiness Hypothesis better?

    It would have been much better if it had not been written by a psychologist.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Haidt’s story?

    Characteristically, with the exception of a few chapters, he reduces everything to individual-level dysfunction. Everything is interpreted superficially, the way that psychologists tend to do (I am an anthropologist). He misrepresents evolutionary science to fit his obsession with individualism. This is surely not intentional; psychology is not a well regarded social science precisely because its myopia causes its practioners and theorists to really think that they are thinking expansively. Occasionally, the author does have good ideas, but to get there we have to muddle through hours and hours of a cataloguing of psychological research.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Like most producers of audiobooks, the producers of this one seem completely disinterested in whether or not the reader knows how to pronounce foreign words and names.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, as mentioned above. But there are far, far better sources that say the same thing, in a much better way. Ultimately, the author wants to make a contribution and his ideas may even be correct, but they are trapped in the logical mire and theoretical simplicity of his discipline.


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    tiomk Austin, TX, United States 05-29-12
    tiomk Austin, TX, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unbearable audio reading!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Possibly paperback readers.


    What could Jonathan Haidt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The audio needs to be done much better. The reading was so boring I could not get through. He needs to hire a better voice and maybe restructure the book with more than just study results.
    I bought this book, because I wanted to read the latest one, but no audio version was published.


    What didn’t you like about George K. Wilson’s performance?

    Monotone, impossible to get into


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger. Not the content, but the delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a patient listener who pays deep attention to books, not a rookie.

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    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 05-17-12
    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 05-17-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Long and Valuable. That's kind of books I Love."
    What did you love best about The Happiness Hypothesis?

    Examples with actionable steps. So many AHA moments. It's the book for all people who are looking for answers about our minds.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Happiness Hypothesis?

    The idea that we prefer more options, but we can choose/buy when we have less options.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I believe this is the only book I've read which have so many AHA moments. So many answers for questions. Why we do what we do? Why we are happy?


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    Leslie Hayles 05-08-12
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    "Interesting, Informative, & even Humorous at Times"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Happiness Hypothesis to be better than the print version?

    This was my 1st audio book and I have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Happiness Hypothesis?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of George K. Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was my 1st one


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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