©2006 Jonathan Haidt; (P)2007 Gildan Media
"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)
Inspired life-navigator, self employed twenty-something, a-book-a-week-minimum-listener, loyal sweetie to my family& buddha loving do-gooder
It is not all the time that a non-fiction book gives me that feeling at the end "oh god, no one else around just experienced that. It CAN'T be over!" SAVOR THIS ONE
This author is seasoned, clearly practices his insights and has looked at humankind from an extensive number of angles, from academia to Hindi temples to the insights of the hive mentality of bees to our own feelings of connections to the whole.
I cannot recommend this author and book enough.
I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators
Maybe the narrator. Just hard for me to listen to. Boring.
I will more selective from now on with all my credits and purchases.
Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist
This is an amazing book. It uses a sound scientific approach, evaluating data and coming to counter-intuitive conclusions. Those solid conclusions provide a kind of reinforcement for what, in many cases, we already knew, but weren't always able to articulate, particularly in justifying decision making with family and friends. This is solid analysis, not squishy self-help. It's a great listen. The narration is perfect in that I was never consciously aware of the fact that I was listening to an audiobook. Rather, I just felt like someone was sitting in the passenger seat of my car on my drive to work, telling me about this interesting new report they had seen. I read this book after reading Delivering Happiness because the Zappo's CEO said this book was one of the most influential he'd read.
I am most interested in the work of authors that focus on what works best for our mind, body and life. Life long learners - R US- would be a club I'd be interested in joining. :)
Jonathan Haidt is a master storyteller! He succeeds in making many key conclusions of both ancient and modern great thinkers/researchers readily accessible to the reader/listener. If you like this one...it is a foundational work for his book: The Righteous Mind: How good people are divided over politics and religion.
Check out his TED talks.
I especially liked: "The Righteous Mind - The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives".
NOTE: (his last name sounds similar to: kite & exactly like height)
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^:^
"Different, leads you to new understandings"
I loved this audiobook. Though it is long, it is never boring and I found myself hanging on for the next passage. This marries neuroscience, psychology and spiritual teachings from many sources. It is full of Eureka moments where I learned the how and why and the processes whereby we make decisions and judgments. I particularly liked the discussion of unconscious decision making. Very highly recommended
A wonderful insight into what it is to be human. The best guide on how to achieve happiness that I have ever read, and it really breaks new ground in that it is based on good science. This is not pop-psych motivational book, it provides the reader with an understanding of how the brain works, and how to apply this knowledge to the pursuit of happiness. Be warned - this book will challenge your current beliefs especially your confidence that you see the naked truth about anything...
"This book unravels a world of blah on the subject"
Understanding what makes people happy - and has led me on to a new programme of personal change
"An Excellent Book"
Well worth the money. An excellent insight into what it is to be happy and the human condition.
The title suggests this is will be a floaty coagulation of self-help cosmic consciousness hippy claptrap that uses the word 'quantum' all the time and tells you that anything is possible if only you ask the universe nicely. Rest assured, that is not this book. The writing is clear and informative and the commentary is incisive, well presented and succinctly phrased. Perhaps it falls a little short of being an 'important' book but it is certainly worth the read and even connoisseurs of the human condition will discover new avenues of thought that cast the subject of 'happiness' in a novel light. Recommended.
Brings together a mountain of work on positive psychology, happiness, behavioural economics and evolutionary psychology as well as Haidts work on morals and a range of religious traditions to offer a practical and readable account of what a good life might look like, why we find it so hard to make ourselves "better" and what we can do about it. If you're a fan of the likes of Shawn Achor, Daniel Kahneman, Martin Selligman and Brene Brown this is a must.
"Not too religious"
An interesting and fairly comprehensive look various theories and philosophies that have been adopted throughout history in the context of the latest thinking.
The chapter on work
It doesn't really have scenes. It is more like a series of lectures on how to lead a good or fulfilling life.
Nope, it requires a bit of concentration, but that is because the concepts being discussed make you think. The writing and presentation is very clear.
a wonderful gathering up of the happiness literature. slightly too heavy on the religious side but I get why it's in there. Great quotes from our ancient wisdoms..
"Years on this is still helpful"
I listened to this 5 years ago and am reviewing now because this book is still useful.
The book goes through small practical things to boost you happiness. Importantly for me this is all backed by scientific studies. This is all put in the context of the history of these ideas in religion.
Thought provoking, useful, wonderful. You should read this book.
"This is a book of rare quality."
I read this book myself some years ago and decided to revisit it as an audio book. Very glad I did. One of the most intelligent, insightful, humane books I have ever read, on perhaps the most important, endlessly fashion of subjects, our own nature. Listening to this version was Like spending time in a really engaging conversation. Don't think you can ask more of an audio book than that.
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