©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)
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
I loved this book so much I've now listened to it twice. The author is well read and knows the research, expressing many different points of view on this very interesting topic. The book is insightful and interspersed with humour. For anyone interested in the psychology of morality, I recommend this book!
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