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Author: Jonathan Haidt Narrator: Ryan Vincent Anderson Publisher: Basic Books Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549116681

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Jonathan Haidt skillfully combines two genres-philosophical wisdom and scientific research-delighting the reader with surprising insights. He explains, for example, why we have such difficulty controlling ourselves and sticking to our plans; why no achievement brings lasting happiness, yet a few changes in your life can have profound effects, and why even confirmed atheists experience spiritual elevation. In a stunning final chapter, Haidt addresses the grand question "How can I live a meaningful life?," offering an original answer that draws on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science.

"The Happiness Hypothesis is a wonderful and nuanced book that provides deep insight into the some of the most important questions in life -- Why are we here? What kind of life should we lead? What paths lead to happiness? From the ancient philosophers to cutting edge scientists, Haidt weaves a tapestry of the best and the brightest. His highly original work on elevation and awe—two long-neglected emotions—adds a new weave to that tapestry. A truly inspiring book." —David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating

"In this beautifully written book, Jonathan Haidt shows us the deep connection that exists between cutting-edge psychological research and the wisdom of the ancients. It is inspiring to see how much modern psychology informs life's most central and persistent questions" Barry Schwartz, author ofThe Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

"In our quest for happiness, we must find a balance between modern science and ancient wisdom, between East and West, and between "left brain" and "right brain." Haidt has struck that balance perfectly, and in doing so has given us the most brilliant and lucid analysis of virtue and well-being in the entire literature of positive psychology. For the reader who seeks to understand happiness, my advice is: Begin with Haidt." Martin E.P. Seligman, Director, Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Authentic Happiness

"Haidt is a fine guide on this journey between past and present, discussing the current complexities of psychological theory with clarity and humor. . . Haidt's is an open-minded, robust look at philosophy, psychological fact and spiritual mystery, of scientific rationalism and the unknowable ephemeral—an honest inquiry that concludes that the best life is, perhaps, one lived in the balance of opposites." Bookpage

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  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " There are some interesting things to learn about yourself through this book, but overall, I think I've learned most of it from life already. It was okay... "

    - Allen, 2/16/2014
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    " We often read that joy is attained in the journey, not the destination. This book encapsulates that notion. The Happiness Hypothesis weaves the reader through different theories, myths and assumptions pulling together artefacts to a compelling conclusion. The best book I've read since "The Guide for the Perplexed". I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone seeking true happiness and meaning in their lives. "

    - Glenn, 2/10/2014
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    " i loved this book n inhaled it in 3 hrs. "

    - Wendy, 2/8/2014
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    " I really liked the chapter about what types of adversity make a person feel stronger, and what leaves them permanently damaged. Also the chapter about the importance of love and community is very interesting. "

    - Niniane, 2/2/2014
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    " This is perhaps one of the most important books I've read. "

    - Bob, 1/31/2014
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    " Maybe could give this 5 stars. I expect I will re-read it before too long and will happily upgrade it if it stands up. Lots of great thoughts and ideas in here. Highly recommended for anyone who's interested in their own mind and the minds of others. I never took the proverbial Psych 101 in college, but I think maybe it is done one better by Jonathon Haidt. "

    - Ben, 1/25/2014
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    " A fantastic book that I think all people should read. It is an enlightening experience. This book has fundamentally changed me and the way I see the world. I often refer back to it and reread certain chapters when I'm in a troubled place. "

    - Laura, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I didn't quite finish it as I lost interest towards the end. Much of what I heard, I have heard in other books although the author did have some interesting concepts. The presentation just wasn't all that great. "

    - Mark, 1/21/2014
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    " Haidt uses logic to help find the balance in our life. A must read if you have been searching for "happiness" and wondering what the heck this even means. "

    - Heidi, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Part psychology, part self-help, part social commentary-- an academic's thoughtful look at the quest for happiness, and what worked for him. "

    - Edward, 12/12/2013
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    " Although this reads somewhat like a college textbook and is decidely left-leaning in its political bent, it has a lot of good information about how and why we do the things we do. Interesting read. "

    - Julie, 12/8/2013
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    " great book all I have to say "

    - Patrick, 11/13/2013
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    " Fascinating review of the field of positive pyschology. Most interesting pyschology book I have read in years. "

    - Indra, 11/5/2013
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    " This is a very interesting report on the findings of psychological studies and how they relate to ancient texts, fiction or not. It sheds light on many aspects of human behavior and how to better understand ourselves and find balance. "

    - Simone, 9/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I wanted to like this book, but the premise of looking at philosophy for hints on modern happiness didn't turn out to be all that interesting to me. "

    - Sarah, 6/27/2012
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    " One of my all-time favorites. It's often classified as a self help book, but I would argue with that distinction. It is a primer in psychology and philosophy. Two thumbs and two big toes up! "

    - Kristi, 6/7/2012
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    " Not an easy read, a little dry but really cool stuff about the brain. "

    - Christa, 1/30/2012
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    " Profoundly enlightening (H = S + C + V) "

    - Caleb, 1/25/2012
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    " All about what makes people tick, brainwise, biologically, morally, sexually, socially. How to ride the inner elephant of our subconscious self (since it rules us, and not the other way around). By ride, I mean how to "guide" that elephant. Quite useful... "

    - Lydia, 12/22/2011
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    " I find the science-y stuff a bit dry and the "you're trapped within your personality forever!" part somewhat depressing, but Haidt makes a compelling argument about human behavior and what leads to real contentment. "

    - Elisa, 5/19/2011
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    " An outstanding book for anyone interested in happiness, the self, finding meaning in life, morality.... "

    - Erica, 4/29/2011
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    " Not self-helpy but really interesting look at what makes us happy. "

    - Kim, 4/22/2011
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    " I REALLY enjoyed this book. Learned a lot about life, people, myself. "

    - Sara, 4/5/2011
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    " Very interesting book about how the mind works. Some chapters were a little dense, but worth it. "

    - Gloria, 3/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Thought provoking and insightful. Lots of interesting science to back up his hypothesis on what determines individual happiness.Lot of ideas that will continue to bring perspective into my life and how I perceive others. "

    - Brenda, 3/20/2011
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    " This is perhaps one of the most important books I've read. "

    - Bob, 3/13/2011
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    " Beautifully written from the perspective of a highly charged professor and psychologist. Love the idea of the answer being from the "within". "

    - Dr., 2/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my absolute favorites - and a book I've given to at least 20 people. Highly accessible for non-science reading fans - and life changing for most who get through it. "

    - David, 2/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An overview of human behavior with respect to happiness (obviously), but makes light to our reactions, expectations, and desires. I found the chapter on reciprocity most interesting. "

    - Andrew, 2/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not a bad book, but way too conventional. No out of the box ideas are offered. "

    - Julia, 1/28/2011
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    " Very deep but a great book. "

    - Jenny, 1/27/2011
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    " This book literally gave you the equation to happiness. It showed throughout history and anatomically how happiness is in your own control. Very good book, and easy reading. "

    - TC, 1/20/2011
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    " Brilliant history of psychology though presented as ideas of how to find happiness via philosophy tied to new research in psych and science. A bit less academic and would have been a bestseller! "

    - Constance, 1/12/2011

About the Author

Jonathan Haidt is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind and one of the most cited intellectuals in the media. A professor at New York Univerisity’s Stern School of Business, Haidt is also the founder of Heterodox Academy, an organization of some of the nation’s most respected professors that is committed to viewpoint diversity in higher education. He has been named a “top global thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine.

About the Narrator

Ryan Vincent Anderson is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.