The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world’s philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of 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.


  • Author: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hours and 47 minutes
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • Unabridged Audiobook


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Editorial Reviews

From: Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The spirit wants however the flesh is weak, regreted St. Paul, and this immersing clinical analysis of standard tradition backs him up with tough information. Citing Plato, Buddha and modern brain science, psychologist Haidt keeps in mind the mind resembles an “elephant” of automated desires and impulses atop which mindful intent is an inefficient “rider.” Haidt sifts Eastern and Western spiritual and philosophical customs for other nuggets of wisdom to corroborate—and in some cases review—with the findings of neurology and cognitive psychology. The Buddhist-Stoic injunction to abandon worldly accessories in pursuit of happiness, for instance, is supported by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s research studies into enjoyment. And Nietzsche’s contention that what does not eliminate us makes us more powerful is thought about versus research study into post-traumatic development. An exponent of the “favorable psychology” motion, Haidt likewise provides useful recommendations on finding happiness and significance. Riches do not matter much, he observes, however close relationships, peaceful environments and brief commutes assist a lot, while meditation, cognitive psychiatric therapy and Prozac are similarly legitimate treatments for constitutional misery. Haidt in some cases appears reductionist, however his is an erudite, with complete confidence composed, promoting reassessment of olden concerns. (Jan.)
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From: Booklist

Using the wisdom chosen from the world’s biggest civilizations as a structure, social psychologist Haidt pertains to terms with 10 Great Ideas, seeing them through a modern filter to find out which of their lessons might still use to modern lives. He very first talks about how the mind works and after that analyzes the Golden Rule (“Reciprocity is the most essential tool for agreeing individuals”). Next, he deals with the concern of happiness itself–where does it originate from?–prior to checking out the conditions that enable development and advancement. He likewise attempts to respond to the concern that haunts most everybody–What is the significance of life?–by once again making use of ancient concepts and including current research study findings. He concludes with the concern of significance: Why do some discover it? Balancing ancient wisdom and modern science, Haidt speaks with excellent minds of the past, from Buddha to Lao Tzu and from Plato to Freud, along with some not-so-greats: even Dr. Phil is discussed. Fascinating things, accessibly revealed. June Sawyers
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