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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

By Jonathan Haidt

NYU-Stern School of Business

This is a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world’s civilizations -­ to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives. It is a book about how to construct a life of virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning.

Happiness Hypothesis

The Happiness Hypothesis

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Last Update: Sept 2, 2013


“For the reader who seeks to understand happiness, my advice is: Begin with Haidt.”
--Martin E. P. Seligman, Professor of psychology, University of Pennsylvania, author of Authentic Happiness

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My second book, The Righteous Mind, uses the rider and elephant to understand morality, politics, and religion. It picks up where The Happiness Hypothesis left off in the concluding chapter -- about the need to look for wisdom in the minds of those with whom you disagree.

I talked with Bill Moyers about the new book, here.

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French Coverla hipotesis de la felicidad

French Edition . . . . . . . . . .... Spanish Edition


Dutch Edition.........................Brazilian Edition

(there are many other translations, but these are the images I had as jpegs)