The Happiness Hypothesis

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The Happiness Hypothesis


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom is a thought-provoking book by social psychologist and bestselling author of The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt. A person who has depression may have a difficult time finding meaning in life. Over the course of 11 chapters, Haidt takes 10 popular aphorisms from throughout history and analyzes them in light of modern scientific data. The result is an abstract philosophical journey that forms a narrative out of the ideas that great thinkers throughout history have spent their lives cogitating. For someone with depression who’s struggling to find a deeper meaning underneath our rapidly changing world, spending time reading The Happiness Hypothesis could help him or her develop a healthy worldview from the bottom up, built off of the insightful theories of people who spent their lives trying to develop meaningful and objective interpretations of the ways the world works.

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt uses philosophical quotes like “do unto others what you would have others do unto you” and “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and transforms them into scientific ways to enrich and transform lives.

Haid speaks about 10 different ways to improve our happiness and transform our lives, including meditation, taking responsibility for our actions, and forming strong relationships.

Haid concludes there is no perfect recipe to achieve happiness, but that his advice will improve lives and make offer us optimal happiness with constant desire to grow.

Amazon Rating:4.6 out of 5 stars