The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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Basic Books, Dec 26, 2006 - Psychology - 320 pages
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"For the reader who seeks to understand happiness, my advice is: Begin with Haidt."--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness
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.

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Rather than looking at psychic illness, positive psychology considers mental health and happiness. Jonathan Haidt brings together ancient knowledge and new research to give a full picture of the ... Read full review

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Loved this book. Really enjoyed how it relates older philosophy to new age scientific methods in regards to mental health. Parts about Budhism were intriguing and how society wants to get as far away ... Read full review

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Jonathan Haidt is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His research examines morality, the moral emotions, and the intuitive foundations of politics and religion. He is the co-editor of Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived, and the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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