The Happiness Hypothesis : Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science, Paperback Book

The Happiness Hypothesis : Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science Paperback

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Every culture rests on a bedrock of folk wisdom handed down through generations.

The pronouncements of philosophers are homespun by our grandmothers, and find their way into our common sense: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Happiness comes from within. But are these 'truths' really true? Today we all seem to prefer to cling to the notion that a little bit more money, love or success will make us truly happy.

Are we wrong? In "The Happiness Hypothesis, psychologist Jonathan Haidt exposes traditional wisdom to the scrutiny of modern science, delivering startling insights.

We learn that virtue is often not its own reward, why extroverts really are happier than introverts, and why conscious thought is not as important as we might like to think...Drawing on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science, "The Happiness Hypothesis" is a remarkable, original and provocative book - ancient wisdom in our time.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Philosophy of religion
  • ISBN: 9780099478898

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Profound and ultimately extremely practical synthesis of what makes human beings happy, What other subject is there?

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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.<br/>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.