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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, starred review)

"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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  • Smaranda Nicolau
  • 19-06-2018

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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  • John Doe
  • 02-08-2018

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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  • Adeline
  • 21-06-2018

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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  • peter
  • 09-08-2018

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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  • han
  • 07-08-2018

Great psychology book for every one

Great psychology book for every one . One must read it. It's very good for myself

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  • Jason
  • 06-08-2018

Slow, repetitive, common sense.

If you like hearing the same come sense thing over and over again, this is the book for you. It's dull and slow, without any hard science as Jonathan Haidt tries desperately to pretend.

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  • Fivepointfivesix
  • 14-06-2018

Stay Away

This book is typical of something coming from a college teacher. Every pronoun is “she.” Every bad example is drawn from conservative talk radio. Haidt even mentions Rush Limbaugh by name. And predictably, he singles out republicans, religious individuals, and anything hinting of patriotism as examples of prejudice. An echo chamber of tired liberal cliches. A big yawn.

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