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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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    B. Hassar 01-05-15
    B. Hassar 01-05-15
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    "Great book"

    Very enlightening and inspiring book. I will definitely listen to it again. Very well read.

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    Roman Radomyslsky New York, NY 01-02-15
    Roman Radomyslsky New York, NY 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Jon eloquently puts into words and explains what"

    ...you may wondered about or already knew, intuitively. The book helped "explain" and thus gain confidence in emerging wisdom from within!

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    Shirin Menlo Park, CA 08-28-14
    Shirin Menlo Park, CA 08-28-14
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to The Happiness Hypothesis again? Why?

    This book is great. It really helps you to view the things in your life that are crucial for your happiness differently and understand what really makes you happy.


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    EvE Monterrey, NL, Mexico 06-12-14
    EvE Monterrey, NL, Mexico 06-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "IT'S THE MULTI-RELIGIOUS CONSTITUTION OF HAPPINESS"
    What did you love best about The Happiness Hypothesis?

    I shared many of the ideals of this book already, and it is comforting to continiously hear quotes from holy scriputres or ancient philosophers that backed these ideals up. Even though it quotes the Qur'an. the Holy Bible, the Torah, Buddha, Atheist beliefs and Hindusit texts, etc, it is far from being religious and focusses solely on humanity from the ancient days to modern times.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He adds a voice of wisdom to this essay.


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

    Happiness has to come from within and it is a mental state.


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    manaf 04-25-14
    manaf 04-25-14 Member Since 2017

    I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity

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    "understand your brain"
    If you could sum up The Happiness Hypothesis in three words, what would they be?

    Know thy self know thy self


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?

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

    The poor little rider on the elefant


    Any additional comments?

    Good read

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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 2017

    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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