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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

por Jonathan Haidt

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Philosophy. Psychology. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML: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 awetwo long-neglected emotionsadds 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 ephemeralan honest inquiry that concludes that the best life is, perhaps, one lived in the balance of opposites." Bookpage.
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The first 8 chapters were good, but maybe a little bit of a theoretical stretch without research to back up his hypothesis in chapter 8 and forward. I liked his idea of the rider and the elephant as an analogy to our selves and life. It may not be completely accurate, but it does encompass a good deal of the research that does back up his hypothesis.

The end fell apart for me with the last few chapters when he tries to balance his atheism with life purpose and happiness. It just seems like believing a falsehood because you know it works. Confusing. Maybe I read into it with my Christian beliefs, and think he is trying to reason his way out of faith even though the evidence is staring him in the face. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
First, let me state that this is NOT a self-help book. It is a survey of various ideas concerning happiness that cross various cultural, philosophical and religious boundaries.

Each idea is examined in the light of the latest neurological, psychological and sociological science. Some are found wanting, some very accurate and some useful in particular circumstances or cases.

It is a fascinating read, at times depressing because of just poorly our minds work in some cases, but at other times very inspiring. Today we really do have a vast body of knowledge and set of tools to apply to both our own happiness and well-being as well as understand that of others.

The facts and analysis presented are more broadly applicable - in politics most especially, but he dips into other fields as well.

I can't thinking of anyone who shouldn't read this book for the knowledge and analysis it contains alone. ( )
  qaphsiel | Feb 20, 2023 |
Jonathan Haidt is psychologist who primarily researches how people come to ethical opinions/actions. This book takes an evidence based look at some big ideas of philosophy and great thinkers through history about how to be happy.


It uses a pretty wide array of illustrations of ideas, referencing scenes from The Godfather to demonstrate social strategies, Edwin Abbott’s Flatworld, and using the Bible, Buddha, and Machiavelli to present the history of ideas, then examines some of the experiments by modern psychologists that are applicable to those ideas. It’s not a perfect book and I won’t claim to agree with every conclusion made, but it’s fairly easy to follow the difference between citing research and conclusions drawn from that research.


I have a hard time judging the approachability of this one because I’ve read a disproportionately high number of books in psychology, but it doesn’t seem to assume that much knowledge. It does get somewhat dense and technical at points, and I intend to give it a second read, but I believe it’s something you can follow without a strong background if you know what you’re getting into.

It covers a wide range of ideas from structural elements of the brain, to childhood development, the role of trauma in personal growth, religious experiences, psychedelics, and how ideas about ethical decision making differ and contribute to happiness. It’s a lot, packed through with citations, but it’s reasonably well structured and presented. Overall, if you read everything printed in psychology you’ll recognize a lot of the research, but might think about some of it in new ways. If you haven’t read much, it might be a bit daunting but even if you miss details I think you could take away a lot of understanding of how our brains work by reading this book. ( )
  jdm9970 | Jan 26, 2023 |
4.5 stars.

I found very interesting the hypotheses described in this book, and will definitely study more some of the concepts that the author explained in order to improve my own “happiness level” and become more conscious of my own behavior. I fully recommend this book to anyone that wants to understand more clearly how our mind and emotions work together. ( )
  Alfador | Jan 7, 2023 |
I liked the book a lot but I wish it had a better title. Makes me embarrassed! But the content was very good. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
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Philosophy. Psychology. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML: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 awetwo long-neglected emotionsadds 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 ephemeralan honest inquiry that concludes that the best life is, perhaps, one lived in the balance of opposites." Bookpage.

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