The Happiness Hypothesis: Summary Review

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What is The Happiness Hypothesis About?

The Happiness Hypothesis poses several ideas on happiness espoused by thinkers of the past—Plato, Buddha, Jesus, and others—and examines them in the light of contemporary psychological research, extracting from them any lessons that still apply to our modern lives. Central to the book are the concepts of virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning. (Full Summary…)

Who is the Author of The Happiness Hypothesis?

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and then did post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India.

Favorite Quote: “Happiness is not something that you can find, acquire, or achieve directly. You have to get the conditions right and then wait. Some of those conditions are within you, such as coherence among the parts and levels of your personality. Other conditions require relationships to things beyond you: Just as plants need sun water, and good soil to thrive, people need love, work, and a connection to something larger. It is worth striving to get the right relationships between yourself and others, between yourself and your work, and between yourself and something larger than yourself. If you get these relationships right, a sense of purpose and meaning will emerge.” ― Jonathan Haidt – The Happiness Hypothesis Quotes

Book Details

  • Print length: 297 pages
  • Audiobook: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Genere: Psychology, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Self Help, Science, Mental Health

Book Chapters

Chapter One – Introduction: Too Much Wisdom
Chapter Two – The Divided Self
Chapter Three – Changing Your Mind
Chapter Four – Reciprocity With a Vengeance
Chapter Five – The Faults of Others
Chapter Six – The Pursuit of Happiness
Chapter Seven – Love and Attachments
Chapter Eight – The Uses of Adversity
Chapter Nine – The Felicity of Virtue
Chapter Ten – Divinity With or Without God
Chapter Eleven – Happiness Comes from Between
Chapter Twelve – On Balance

Is The Happiness Hypothesis worth reading?

We give the book a thumbs up. 👍


Chief Editor

Tal Gur is an impact-driven entrepreneur, author, and investor. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living - 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World, has led him to found Elevate Society.