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The Happiness Hypothesis

Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Jonathan Haidt

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...
Publish Date
First Published in 2005
Goodreads rating
I really can’t recommend this book enough. It’s one of the best and most insightful books I’ve ever read. Jonathan Haidt was a fantastic guest on the podcast and this book is just amazing…      source
I’m a big fan of @JonHaidt’s books. The Happiness Hypothesis first got me thinking about happiness (which led to Happy, my last book), The Righteous Mind is tremendous & was part of forming Sacrifice (on Netflix) and now starting The Coddling Of The American Mind. Thanks Jon!      source
Psychology professor's digestible but deep insight into how our minds work, around the topic of happiness. Great metaphor of a rider on the back of an elephant. Rider is reasoning, elephant is emotions. Rider has limited control of what the elephant does. Surprising insights into ethics and morality. See my notes for great quotes, but read the whole well-written book.      source