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

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Book Summary of The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom and Philosophy to the Test of Modern Science

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. nnBut 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?nnIn 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…nnDrawing on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science, The Happiness Hypothesis is a remarkable, original and provocative book – ancient wisdom in our time.

About the Author
Jonathan Haidt teaches psychology at the University of Virginia. This is his first book for the general reader. nnVisit the website at http://www.happinesshypothesis.com/

Table of Contents
Riveting... Brilliantly synthesising ancient cultural insights with modern psychology and even holding out some faint hope that your happiness, if not your tallness, might be marginally adjustable after all.,Marvellous... Haidt...takes us on an extraordinary journey... I don't think I've ever read a book that laid out the contemporary understanding of the human condition with such simple clarity and sense.,A superbly argued, crystal clear and intelligent blend of new directions in contemporary experimental psychology with traditional philosophical thought... And you know what? Reading it did actually make this reviewer happier.,A delightful book... By some margin the most intellectually substantial book to arise from the ‘Positive Psychology’ movement.

Details of Book: The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom and Philosophy to the Test of Modern Science (BSID:14878)

Book The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom and Philosophy to the Test of Modern Science
Author Jonathan Haidt
ISBN 0099478897
ISBN-13 9780099478898, 978-0099478898
Binding Paperback
Publisher Random House
Publishing Date 20070405
Number of Pages 297
Language English
Dimensions 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
Weight 227 grams

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Richard March 03, 2012 review from Goodreads

As I was reading the first few chapters, I put this book on my â??to buyâ? list, but my enthusiasm ebbed as I finished to book, and my natural inclination not to buy books I never expect to re-read has taken over.But itâ??s still a book I think I can recommend: it has plenty of interesting and thought...

Chris July 09, 2008 review from Goodreads

When pitching Jonathan Haidt's "Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom" to friends, I often find myself explaining away the title -- no, it's not another self-help book and yes, it's about more than just plastering a silly smile on your face. With that said, the title is app...

Carlo March 30, 2012 review from Goodreads

If you keep all the stuff about religion out of this book, it will easily get a five star rating for me. I loved much of it, even with its self-help tone. The majority of Haidt's claims after all do make sense and are quite backed with research, which is duly documented in the book. His metaphor...

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