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The Happiness Hypothesis Audiobook
The Happiness Hypothesis
Written by: 
Jonathan Haidt
Narrated by: 
George K. Wilson
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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    Julia FLORISSANT, MO, United States 05-22-13
    Julia FLORISSANT, MO, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Inspired life-navigator, self employed twenty-something, a-book-a-week-minimum-listener, loyal sweetie to my family& buddha loving do-gooder

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    "So Grounded & Inspiring: Fast Favorite"

    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.

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    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 05-13-13
    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Could not get into this book."
    What would have made The Happiness Hypothesis better?

    Maybe the narrator. Just hard for me to listen to. Boring.


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

    I will more selective from now on with all my credits and purchases.


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

    Boring


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 04-16-13
    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist

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    "Thought-provoking"

    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.

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    MarLa Auburn, WA, United States 04-06-13
    MarLa Auburn, WA, United States 04-06-13

    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. :)

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    "Part 1 of 2: What a fun and well synthesized read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Happiness Hypothesis the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 03-07-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 03-07-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Control your inner elephant"

    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

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    Arlen Calabasas, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Arlen Calabasas, CA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Life changing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an insightful, no nonsense, and easy to understand. I have already recommended it to all my friends. A must listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The organization of the material into simple ideas.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeni Georgetown, TX, United States 02-22-13
    Jeni Georgetown, TX, United States 02-22-13
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    "Excellent!"

    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)
    Happy Trails!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    eye doctor

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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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  • Phillistein
    Margate, Kent United Kingdom
    2/22/08
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    "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

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    JohannesburgSouth Africa
    2/19/09
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    "Life-changing"

    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...

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    5/31/11
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    "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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    LeedaUnited Kingdom
    11/27/10
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    "An Excellent Book"

    Well worth the money. An excellent insight into what it is to be happy and the human condition.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Si
    UK
    10/12/13
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    "Bad Title"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    London
    11/16/14
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    "Astonshingly Good"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    4/15/14
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    "Not too religious"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An interesting and fairly comprehensive look various theories and philosophies that have been adopted throughout history in the context of the latest thinking.


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

    The chapter on work


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It doesn't really have scenes. It is more like a series of lectures on how to lead a good or fulfilling life.


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

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe
    6/19/16
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    "Great book!"

    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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alathia
    1/23/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Evans
    brighton
    6/13/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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