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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (edition 2006)

by Jonathan Haidt

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Title:The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
Authors:Jonathan Haidt
Info:Basic Books (2006), Edition: 0, Paperback, 320 pages
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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" nonsense (despite Haidt's qualification of his personal beliefs) that seemed little more than platitudes.

I suspect a majority of readers would take something or many things from this book. If you value reason and rationality, I would recommend you look elsewhere. Three stars for the extensive research and bibliography. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
After taking a class in Buddhism recently, I'm continually surprised by how much ancient wisdom got right and how slow we are to see it.
  anh_off | Dec 27, 2016 |
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 things that contribute to happiness and in so doing gives us a good handbook about the things we need to tackle to improve our own happiness. This is not a series of instructions but rather an explanation - the how and why - of various elements that contribute to the overall level of happiness everyone of us feels.
Though there's a huge annex of footnotes and further reading, the book is an easy read. This is probably the book into which I put the most highlights and marginal notes. This book can make you happier. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
Happened onto this. Positive psychology as embodied in ancient wisdom. ( )
  clifforddham | Sep 24, 2015 |
A fascinating book, stuffed full of interesting ideas, and now with my book marks and highlights. Must re-read! ( )
  jvgravy | Apr 3, 2015 |
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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.

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Explores ten great insights about man, the purpose of life, and happiness selected from diverse traditions and uses current scientific research to question and discuss the ideas.

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