The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science

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Random House, 2006 - Happiness - 297 pages
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Every culture rests on a bedrock of folk wisdom handed down through generations. The pronouncements of philosophers are homespun by our grandmothers, and find their way into our common sense: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Happiness comes from within.

But are these 'truths' really true? Today we all seem to prefer to cling to the notion that a little bit more money, love or success will make us truly happy. Are we wrong?

In The Happiness Hypothesis, psychologist Jonathan Haidt exposes traditional wisdom to the scrutiny of modern science, delivering startling insights. We learn that virtue is often not its own reward, why extroverts really are happier than introverts, and why conscious thought is not as important as we might like to think...

Drawing on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science, The Happiness Hypothesis is a remarkable, original and provocative book - ancient wisdom in our time.

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Lots of great gems of insights. - Goodreads
Talk to Haidt about his group selection bullshit. - Goodreads
The introduction is the most valuable. - Goodreads
Another great overview. - Goodreads
Clear and insightful prose. - Goodreads
It is well researched, very coherent. - Goodreads

Review: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

User Review  - Tezden - Goodreads

I love this book. I loved the progression of each chapter, I loved the author's clear insights, I loved everything I learned. It struck me as very special the way the author made real conclusions and ... Read full review

Review: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

This tremendous non-fiction book combines ancient sages' teachings, biology, and modern-day experiments and concludes that being happy comes from a balance of nature-vs-nuture. Favorite quote ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Jonathan Haidt teaches psychology at the University of Virginia. This is his first book for the general reader.

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