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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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    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14
    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Very well researched, fantastically presented"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've purchased it for at least six different people. I read this book at the perfect time this year: this book prepared me for so much that came after I finished listening. Haidt's theories seem so well researched, and he has presented them with such care, in such a beautiful order. I love his breakdown of Love and think anyone in any sort of relationship or with aspirations to be in one should read it. And the way he's broken down meditation has given me a reference that has helped me through the much deeper study that I have gone on to after this book. Thank you, Jonathon Haidt.


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

    The elephant and the rider. Brilliant. So true. And the chapter on love. Those stand out most, but I feel like I was bookmarking something in every chapter.


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    SublimeLife Boston, MA 02-08-14
    SublimeLife Boston, MA 02-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredibly dry presentation - fell flat for me"
    Would you be willing to try another one of George K. Wilson’s performances?

    I'm afraid not. I listened to this after listening to the dynamic and humorous Brune' Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability" and this fell flat. I had to speed up the vocals to connect with the material. It was slow, laborious and just plain dull. It may have been the contrast between what I was already listening to and enjoying, but I have at 20 audible books on positive psychology and this one didn't stack up. I'm returning it.


    Any additional comments?

    On a more positive note, as far as happiness goes, I highly recommend "The Power of Vulnerability" by Brene'Brown, it's insightful, dynamic and I laughed out loud so many times that it's become a go to feel good audiobook for me. I haven't tired of it after 4-5 listens.

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    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 11-10-13
    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "VERY disappointing!"

    Not helpful. Not worth the credit! I want my credit back.

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    Pavel Canada 06-09-13
    Pavel Canada 06-09-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "A splendid achievement!"

    The author has managed to synthesize a large amount of ancient and contemporary wisdom with cutting-edge knowledge in a very elegant and intelligent way.

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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


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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)

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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.


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