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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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    Lynn 08-25-12
    Lynn 08-25-12
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    "Not Another Self-Help Book"

    I opened The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom expecting a sophisticated self-help book. Well, Jonathan Haidt provides much more than pop psychology in this book and I am not going to give away what he has in mind. Basically, Haidt surveys the literature on happiness from the ancients to the most contemporary neuropsychology. He presents what he has learned in a cogent manner and – presto – the reader is better fitted for life than before. The final chapters summarize what we know from the ancients and what contemporary psychology research teaches about happiness. It is all thought provoking, easily accessible to anyone interested, and very helpful to everyone seeking to deal more effectively with daily life. I have purposed to read more of Haidt’s work. His newest book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, will be my next selection. If you are not happy with this review, perhaps Haidt can explain why. George Wilson's narration is very good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    dana Marietta, GA, United States 11-06-11
    dana Marietta, GA, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Intersting to Listen to"

    I really enjoyed this book, but as I find with most books in this category the title isn't really accurate. I found it more as an informative read, with an almost educational feel on brain development, society behaviors etc., having said that I did really enjoy it, finding it interesting. I was excited to listen to it every day on my way to and from work and I felt like I learned alot after I was done. The narrater has a great voice and was very easy to listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Lakeland, FL, United States 01-09-11
    Paul Lakeland, FL, United States 01-09-11
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    "Finally!"

    I found something that makes a difference! I decided to try medication (which I had always steered well clear of) based on the author's findings. Then I added cognitive therapy, which allowed me to stop the medication. Nobody's life is perfect, but this book sure made a difference in mine!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 06-28-10
    Luke 06-28-10 Member Since 2010

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    "A must read"

    This is truely one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. It is not just a simple self-help book, it is also full of detailed (but interesting) explanations of the working of the human mind. Although long, it is an easy listen.

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    Bogdan COCHRANE, Alberta, Canada 04-08-10
    Bogdan COCHRANE, Alberta, Canada 04-08-10
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    "An excellent synthesis of science and religion"

    I have spent now more than 5 researching the field. Dr. Haidt has done an excellent job in integrating science, philosophy and religion in one common framework. Although a scientist, his teaching style is gentle and based on stories, making the absorption of knowledge smooth and efficient.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 11-17-12
    Douglas 11-17-12 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "A Very Good Book..."

    with a very interesting turn on Darwinian psychology/sociology. Haidt does a deft and often humorous job of translating current neo-Darwinian science of the mind into lay terms (though he is not as deft or humorous as Steven Pinker--whose books are better), and his metaphors for how the mind works and for how the mind works in a complex society are well crafted. I did have a couple of reservations: the first is his breezy treatment of drugs like Prozac and Paxil as treatment for "everyday" anxiety and depression (that is, problems not bad enough to be labelled "disorder" in correlation with the DSM-IV description)--despite a vast amount of evidence regarding what sometimes amount to devastating side effects, especially in children and young adults, and the incredible over-medication of our society at large, Haidt encourages use of such drugs for NOS anxiety and depression without reservation. Also, if you have read Pinker, Wright, Dawkins, Dennett, or many of the other current Darwinian psychologists, you are going to have encountered A LOT of this stuff before. When explaining Darwinian psychology and sociology, Haidt doesn't bring a lot of new stuff to the table--unless this is the first book on the topic that you have read. The same old examples, ants, bats, etc... But these are relatively minor complaints... the application of the Darwinian style of seeing the human mind in regard to happiness and the use of ancient wisdom to back up his points make this book well worth reading.

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    Amazon Customer 06-18-09
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    "An excellent book -fun to hear"

    the author unifies his treatment of happiness, with some rather happy metaphors, viewing new psychological research in the perspective of ancient wisdom.

    But in his treatment of hypocracy, he sounds rather silly, because he seems to deny the existance of good and evil. And almost in the next breath, he seems to say that judgementalism is , uh, dare we say "evil"?

    None the less, it is an excellent book on how to be happy -- not going Buddist, and disengaging from the joys of life to avoid the sorrows, but rather choosing the right sorts of pleasures, the ones that one can look back on and feel good about.

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    Ella Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-29-11
    Ella Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Eye-Opening"

    This audiobook is packed with a lot of information. I actually look forward to driving so I can listen to it. So many times throughout I had an "aha" moment and things in my life all of a sudden made sense. It starts slow so be patient. Highly recommended.

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 12-26-10
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 12-26-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book that covers more than just happiness"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the way he explored wisdom from older civilizations using what we know today. Happiness is only one of the ideas.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hendrik KOONDOOLAAustralia 06-16-07
    Hendrik KOONDOOLAAustralia 06-16-07
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    "Life Changing"

    This is an inspiring piece of work that cuts to the heart of what it means to be human. It pieces togther so many pieces. Highly recommended!

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    "Stick with it - very insightful"

    I found it a bit tough to get in to at the start, but was absolutely rewarded for persevering. Very insightful and balanced with excellent references from through the ages and applied to today's context. Am planning to buy a hard copy so I can dip in and out and reference it in the future

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  • Chloe
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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..

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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.

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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.

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    "Brilliant!"

    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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