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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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

I wanted to like this book...It appears to be extensively researched and well-sourced...but I think the subtitle just didn't cut it with me. That and the mystical, "higher power", "transcendent ... Read full review

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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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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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