A brilliantly original exploration of what we can learn about the meaning of human life and how we should live our lives, drawing both on the wisdom of the great thinkers and on the insights of modern science. For all readers of Alain de Botton.
Jonathan Haidt teaches psychology at the University of Virginia.
This is his first book for the general reader.
Visit the website at http-//www.happinesshypothesis.com/
"Riveting... Brilliantly synthesising ancient cultural insights
with modern psychology and even holding out some faint hope that
your happiness, if not your tallness, might be marginally
adjustable after all." * Sunday Times *
"Marvellous... Haidt...takes us on an extraordinary journey... I don't think I've ever read a book that laid out the contemporary understanding of the human condition with such simple clarity and sense." -- James Flint * Guardian *
"A superbly argued, crystal clear and intelligent blend of new directions in contemporary experimental psychology with traditional philosophical thought... And you know what? Reading it did actually make this reviewer happier." * Arena *
"A delightful book... By some margin the most intellectually substantial book to arise from the 'Positive Psychology' movement." * Nature *
"With singular gusto, Haidt measures ten 'Great Ideas' against past/present research in psychology and science. "LJ" 's verdict: Dr. Phil et al. don't have diddly on the old-school sages. No man is an island, indeed, and no modern reader should be without this carefully considered demystification of life" * Library Journal Best Books 2006 *