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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The Righteous Mind draws on philosophical wisdom and scientific research to show how the meaningful life is closer than you think.

The Happiness Hypothesis is an audiobook about ten 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 and illuminate the causes of human flourishing.

Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the author of The Righteous Mind, shows how a deeper understanding of the world's philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims - like "do unto others as you would have others do unto you", or "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" - can enrich and even transform our lives.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 Jonathan Haidt (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An erudite, fluently written, stimulating reassessment of age-old issues." (Publishers Weekly)

"The Happiness Hypothesis...has more to say about the pleasures and perils, the truths, of being alive than any book I've read in a long time." (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

"[T]he psychologist Jonathan Haidt shows in his wonderfully smart and readable The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom [that] modern science and history have a lot to say to each other." (Darrin McMahon, The Washington Post)

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Awesome book, poor performance

Incredibly well-researched book, compelling arguments, perhaps at times a little bit too self-assured but definitely very valuable for our times and extremely common-sensical. Would have enjoyed much much much more had the performance caught any of the humor and irony obvious in the tone of the writer and sadly completely absent in this monotonous reading... so, a much better read than a “hear”, too bad. Still, I listened to the whole thing and am the better for having gained the knowledge in this book.

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I feel happier already

I really enjoyed the way this book chose a few main topics to focus on from ancient ideas, then brought forth evidence for or against these ideas from scientific literature. Haidt is truly brilliant and I could stop and think about every few sentences in his writing and get so much out of it. I’m sure I will keep listening to this one in the future.

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Thorough and easy to follow concepts

Very insightful and well presented ..definitely increased my awareness of links between ideologies I once considered in isolation

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Could have been great.

This is an extremely good book for the first eight chapters. Unfortunately, starting in chapter 9 this atheist author decides to take a stab at explaining God. Instead of it supporting the overarching thesis of the book, it comes off as a blind man trying to explain color. And his perspective on people's political ideologies is comedically elementary. Such a shame. Such a waste.

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Makes you reconsider a lot of things

I believe everyone should read this book. We don't have to agree with the author, but the many of the points presented in this book are, in my opinion, irrefutable.
Center, left, right, doesn't matter, we would all do better if we listened and made an effort to understand where the different views come from, and thats what I take home after reading this book.
Thanks for writing this.

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Fascinating and original

But the person reading needs to work on his voice and cadence. Timing was all wrong.

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Great book, annoying narrator.

The voice acting is monotonous with some unpronounced consonants, but totally tolerable. The book is amazing and and well worth multiple listens.

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Great Book! Very Insightful and inspiring!

This book was a great work of intellectual art that sheds much needed light on a topic in need of discussion in our modern society. Happiness. It was an amazing journey into the realm of happiness and the meaning of this epic journey we call life.

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thought-provoking book

this funk really made me think about life in a different way. also explain the different types of diversity and love

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Vapid. Meandering.

Nothing of value. No central thesis. Boring descriptions of studies with tenuous relation to the topic at hand.

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  • Dr. Harrison
  • 09-21-18

Worth a read

To sum this book up I’d say: it was interesting but also boring at times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-24-18

Good but not what I expected

It started greatly, with beautiful scientific and/or psychological explanations.... But it took an unexpected turn into religion and spirituality, that I think didn't need so much stress on. Or maybe I haven't understood the message yet.
Great book nevertheless, and great author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

i wish i could rate this book 6 star

loved it, jonathan haidt is give some fantastic and well backed up points. the literature is easy to find and read around

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  • David Schutz
  • 10-05-18

Jon Haidt’s first book...

...is a great precursor to “The Righteous Mind”. The only pity is that it is not read by the author himself. Anderson’s performance is dull and lack-lustre in comparison to Haidt’s own narration of “The Righteous Mind”.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-18

Truly phenomenal

This is genuinely one of the most enjoyable books I have listened to. So much so, that I found it hard to stop listening to continue with what I was doing!

The mix of ancient psychological insight and modern scientific evidence that Johnathan uses to construct his arguments spoke to me in a way that I can't properly put into words, beyond the fact that I truly believe everyone should take the time to listen to this book. I will definitely be gifting this in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-18

good! real good!

great! really good book learnt heaps love happiness, very helpful well-reasoned exploration of the happy