The Happiness Hypothesis

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

Author: Jonathan Haidt

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448166683

Category: Science

Page: 320

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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.

Summary of Jonathan Haidt s The Happiness Hypothesis by Swift Reads

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Category: Philosophy

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The Practices of Happiness

Concern over inequalities within and between nations has been an important
focus of attention within happiness and wider ... I wish therefore to explore actual
and potential connections between the happiness hypothesis's identification of ...

Author: Ian Steedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136937552

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 878

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via as well as the OAPEN Library platform, It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project. There is growing evidence that rising levels of prosperity in Western economies since 1945 have not been matched by greater incidences of reported well-being and happiness. Indeed, material affluence is often accompanied instead by greater social and individual distress. A growing literature within the humanities and social sciences is increasingly concerned to chart not only the underlying trends in recorded levels of happiness, but to consider what factors, if any, contribute to positive and sustainable experiences of well-being and quality of life. Increasingly, such research is focusing on the importance of values and beliefs in human satisfaction or quality of life; but the specific contribution of religion to these trends is relatively under-examined. This unique collection of essays seeks to rectify that omission, by identifying the nature and role of the religious contribution to wellbeing. A unique collection of nineteen leading scholars from the field of economics, psychology, public theology and social policy have been brought together in this volume to explore the religious contribution to the debate about happiness and well-being. These essays explore the religious dimensions to a number of key features of well-being, including marriage, crime and rehabilitation, work, inequality, mental health, environment, participation, institutional theory, business and trade. They engage particularly closely with current trends in economics in identifying alternative models of economic growth which focus on its qualitative as well as quantitative dimensions. This unique volume brings to public notice the nature and role of religion’s contribution to wellbeing, including new ways of measurement and evaluation. As such, it represents a valuable and unprecedented resource for the development of a broad-based religious contribution to the field. It will be of particular relevance for those who are concerned about the continuing debate about personal and societal well-being, as well as those who are interested in the continuing significance of religion for the future of public policy.

Semiotics of Happiness

UNICEF widely publicized the findings, an effort whose success is attested to by
the fact that by 2010, it had become so ... are entitled The Happiness Hypothesis
(Haidt, 2006) and Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile (Nettle, 2005).

Author: Ashley Frawley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147252330X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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The Semiotics of Happiness examines the rise of 'happiness' (and its various satellite terminologies) as a social and political semiotic, exploring its origins in the US and subsequent spread into the UK and across the globe. The research takes as its starting point the development of discussions about happiness in UK newspapers in which dedicated advocates began to claim that a new 'science of happiness' had been discovered and argued for social and political change on its behalf. Through an in-depth analysis of the written and visual rhetoric and subsequent activities of these influential 'claims-makers', Frawley argues that happiness became a serious political issue not because of a growing unhappiness in society nor a demand 'on the ground' for new knowledge about it, but rather because influential and dedicated 'insiders' took the issue on at a cultural moment when problems cast in emotional terms were particularly likely to make an impact. Emerging from the analysis is the observation that, while apparently positive and light-hearted, the concern with happiness implicitly affirms a 'vulnerability' model of human functioning, encourages a morality of low expectations, and in spite of the radical language used to describe it, is ultimately conservative and ideally suited to an era of 'no alternative' (to capitalism).

Politics of Happiness

Connecting the Philosophical Ideas of Hegel, Nietzsche and Derrida to the
Political Ideologies of Happiness Ross Abbinnett ... Studies such as Jonathan
Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis and Stefan Klein's The Science of Happiness
tend to ...

Author: Ross Abbinnett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441176209

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 116

This unique and engaging study argues that the Western concern with achieving happiness should be understood in terms of its relationship to the political ideologies that have emerged since the Enlightenment. To do so, each chapter examines the place that happiness occupies in the construction of ideologies that have formed the political terrain of the West, including liberalism, postmodernism, socialism, fascism, and religion. Throughout, Hegel's phenomenology, Nietzsche's genealogy, and Derrida's account of deconstruction as reactions to modernization are used to show that the politics of happiness are always a clash of fundamental ideas of belonging, overcoming, and ethical responsibility. Stressing that the concept of happiness lies at the foundation of political movements, the book also looks at its place in the current global order, analyzing the emergence of such ideas as affective democracy that challenge the conventional notions of privatized, acquisitive happiness. Written in a clear manner, the work will appeal to political theory students and researchers looking for a critical and historical account of contemporary debates about the nature of happiness and ideology.

Teaching Happiness and Well Being in Schools

1 2 3 10 11 12 Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis, p. 22. Matthieu
Ricard and Jean-François Revel, The Monk and the Philosopher, p. 332. In 2007,
25 per cent of 11–15 year olds reported the use of any illegal drug, with the
greatest ...

Author: Ian Morris

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1855395975

Category: Education

Page: 256

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There has recently been an explosion of interest in positive psychology and the teaching of well-being and 'happiness' in the PSHE world in schools and many teachers are looking for clear information on how to implement these potentially life-changing ideas in the classroom. This book provides an introduction to the theory of positive psychology and a practical guide on how to implement the theory in (primarily secondary) schools. The American psychologist and writer Martin Seligman, well known for his work on the idea of 'learned helplessness', has more recently been working in the field of positive psychology. He has led training in resilience in a number of UK local authorities. Wellington College, where Ian Morris is head of philosophy, religion and PSHE, is among the first UK schools to introduce a formal well-being and happiness curriculum developed by the author.

Ethical Wisdom

67 67 68 68 “[The] new ardor which burns”: William James, The Varieties of
Religious Experience, Seven Treasures, 2009, p. 152. The Oprah-watching
moms: Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis, p. 197. “Powerful moments of elevation
”: ...

Author: Mark Matousek

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 1848509049

Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

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Since the days of the first primitive tribes, we have tried to determine why one man is good and another evil. Mark Matousek arrives at the answer in Ethical Wisdom. Contrary to what we've been taught in our reason-obsessed culture, emotions are the bedrock of ethical life; without them, human beings cannot be empathic, moral or good. But how do we make the judgement call between self-interest and caring for others? What does being good really mean? Which parts of morality are biological, which ethical? When should instinct be trusted and when does it lead us into trouble? How can we know ourselves to be good amidst the hypocrisy, fears and sabotaging appetites that pervade our two-sided natures? Drawing on the latest scientific research and interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists and philosophers, Matousek examines morality from a scientific, sociological, and anthropological standpoint. Each chapter features a series of questions, readings, interviews, parables and anecdotes that zoom in on a particular niche of moral enquiry, making this book both utilitarian and fun. Ethical Wisdom is an insightful and important book for readers crisscrossing their own murky moral terrain.

Eudaimonia Happiness Is Not Enough

The following works are vital reading as they get to grips with issues close to that
of well-being. ... Jonathan Haidt's excellent work, 'The Happiness Hypothesis',
subtitled 'Putting Ancient Wisdom and Philosophy to the Test of Modern Science'

Author: M. J. Newby

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1848767501

Category: Philosophy

Page: 188

View: 541

What the love of wisdom is and how it enables us to live in today`s world are explored in this ambitious work. Rich insights into what human maturity means and how it is reached have become too easily lost or confined to the world of high academia. Well-being, the true goal of human being, has been tragically reduced to `happiness` and its meanings lost. No subject could be more important, and few modern works deal with it that are not religious, dogmatic and furtively proselytising. Profound ideas are here applied to such unlikely things as skateboarding, love-making, getting rich, tourism and playing cricket, all of which can become a means to the development of mental strength and genuine love. Post-religious spirituality, clarified here, is the development of the psyche, which is as important as finding or losing oneself, and winning or losing in the arena of living. In the age of fiction our lives are enriched by myriad vital stories, personally loved, and also endowed with wider meanings through living in the shared master story for today, the incomplete saga of the salvation of the planet. Radical implications for education, human communication, politics and a sustainable future permeate the text, which calls upon authoritative voices from recent times and the deeper past, from Socrates to Habermas. from Judaism and Christianity to Islam and the traditions of the East. This is no mere history, but the building of a radical approach to human spirituality, lifestyle, communication and life-goals. Although the way is hard, deliverance from the darkness of consumerism, the pressure of rivalry, and confusion about ultimate goals is offered in this book. The thorough bibliography and referencing enable the reader to pursue a wide range of topics, and render the work suitable for the hard-pressed student as well as readers-for-leisure.

Happiness Is a Moving Target

You cheer and yell for each successful play, and when your team calls a timeout
your excitement continues to build. As the ... In a book written by Jonathan Haidt,
The Happiness Hypothesis”, he describes “adversity hypothesis”—the idea that

Author: Don Wicker, PhD

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496945808

Category: Self-Help

Page: 100

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An Interactive Guide to Determine Your Happiness From the author of Goal Setting, Motivation, Attitude Is # 1, Job Satisfaction, Success Is For Everyone, and Why Is It Hard To Find A Job After 50? This book will help you analyze your own level of happiness. If happiness is a moving target, will people always try to achieve total happiness? Everyone has the awesome power to change a situation that makes them unhappy. It's an individual choice. Change it, or complain about it. After reading this book, hopefully you will choose to change your situation to obtain or maintain happiness. We have discovered many ways to create happiness and prevent unhappiness; it's an individual choice and mind-set. Additional information can be obtained from the website

The Righteous Mind

If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.

Author: Jonathan Haidt

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307907031

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

View: 990

New York Times Bestseller In this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (The New York Times Book Review) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.


Graham, C.(2009), Happinessaround the World:The paradoxof happy peasants
andmiserable millionaires. Oxford: Oxford ... Central European Journal of Public
Policy,2(1): 52–75. Greve ... Haidt, J.(2006), The Happiness Hypothesis. London:

Author: Bent Greve

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136594493

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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Although happiness is based upon individuals’ subjective perception of their own situation, understanding the concept of happiness is important for forming policies in modern societies. Taking into account discussions from disciplines across the social sciences, this book explores varying notions of happiness and how these are applied to create a theoretical understanding of the concept. The book then goes on to demonstrate how a general theoretical concept of happiness can be used to add to our knowledge of central aspects of modern society, ranging from questions related to welfare state analysis, through to evaluating everyday life for individual people. In doing so, Happiness presents an up-to-date and applied account of how happiness is now widely used in economics, sociology, psychology and political science, whilst also exploring the relationship between happiness and public policy.

What is Good and why

The Ethics of Well-being Richard Kraut, Morrison Professor in the Humanities
Richard Kraut, Professor of Philosophy and ... For other surveys of empirical
research on subjective well-being, see Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis; Daniel

Author: Richard Kraut

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674024410

Category: Philosophy

Page: 286

View: 405

What is good, how do we know, and how important is it? In this book, one of our most respected analytical philosophers reorients these questions around the notion of what causes human beings to flourish. Observing that we can sensibly address what is good for plants and animals no less than what is good for people, Kraut applies a general principle to the entire living world: what is good for complex organisms consists in the exercise of their natural powers.


Ever since Plato, the subject of happiness has prompted many authors to put pen
to paper, and not least in the past ten ... Happier (2007) and Jonathan Haidt's The
Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom and Philosophy to the Test of ...

Author: Mark Vernon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317488636

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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The politics of wellbeing and the new science of happiness have shot up the agenda since Martin Seligman coined the phrase "positive psychology". After all, who does not want to live the good life? So ten years on, why is it that much of this otherwise welcome debate sounds like as much apple-pie - "work less", "earn enough", "keep fit", "find meaning", "enjoy freedoms"? The reason is not, ultimately, cynicism. Rather, it is because a central, tricky question is being glossed over: just what is wellbeing? Mark Vernon argues that positive psychology has overlooked and sidelined the ancient wisdom on wellbeing, notably from the Greek philosophers. Now is the time to pay it proper attention.Vernon shows, surprisingly, that wellbeing is not found in a focus on pleasure, or even the pursuit of happiness itself. Rather, it is a question of meaning and responding to the great challenge of our day: the search for transcendence. For at root, the life that is going well cultivates a way of life based upon love: it is that which draws you out of yourself - in friends, hopes and ultimately the contemplation of mystery - and orientates a life towards that which is good.

The Path to Inner Peace

The Art of Happiness, HH The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.* Beyond
Rational Management, Robert E. ... Zen, Charlotte Joko Beck Happiness,
Mathieu Ricard* The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt Happy for No
Reason, ...

Author: Larry Wharton

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 147973148X

Category: Religion

Page: 106

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We are challenged by lifes difficulties and by people not doing what we want. We desire the world to be different than it is, and it refuses to comply. Inner peace is the only answer, but we cannot get to inner peace using gurus, seminars, workshops, or meditation, as good as those may be. This book cuts through all the esoteric advice and gets directly at what we have to understand about ourselves and have to do to attain inner peace. The key: Only with help from those who care for us can we begin the journey.

The Pleasant Path

(2006). The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.
New York: Basic Books. Lipton, B. (2008). The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the
Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles. New York: Hay House.
Lyubomirsky ...

Author: Juana Cantador

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1490862714

Category: Religion

Page: 136

View: 448

The Forty Percent Is it possible to become happier? Believe it or not, the answer is yesand the great news is that we have forty percent control over our happiness. If we think of our lives as a pie chart in which our circumstances represent ten percent, and our set pointour genetically determined predisposition for happiness or unhappinessrepresents fifty percent, that leaves us with forty percent of intentional activity. What makes up that forty percent? Our behavior does. Besides our genes and the situations we encounter, the way we choose to think and behave is the one critical thing left. We can see that the key to happiness lies in our daily intentional activitiesnot in changing our genetic makeup or life circumstances. All of us could be happier if we scrutinize what precise behaviors and thoughts happy people naturally and habitually engage in.

Transfiguring Capitalism

The inspiration for, and development of, this hypothesis has emerged from a
number of sources, institutional and personal. ... Manchester's conference on Re
—moralising Britain in May 2007, allowed me to develop ideas on happiness and

Author: John Atherton

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334028310

Category: Religion

Page: 342

View: 595

Addresses key problems in contemporary life, and raises important questions about our growing awareness of the limits of contemporary ways of living with modern economies and modern religion. This book explores possible alternatives to such capitalism.

The Objectification Spectrum

Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of
Others John M. Rector. Wilson, D. S. (2002). Darwin's ... The Happiness
Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. New York: Basic Books.
Haidt, J.

Author: John M. Rector

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199355436

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

View: 947

What lies at the heart of humanity's capacity for evil? Any tenable answer to this age-old question must include an explanation of our penchant for objectifying and dehumanizing our fellow human beings. The Objectification Spectrum: Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of Others draws upon timeless wisdom to propose a new model of objectification. Rather than offering a narrow definition of the term, the author explores objectification as a spectrum of misapprehension running from its mildest form, casual indifference, to its most extreme manifestation, dehumanization. Using vivid examples to clearly demarcate three primary levels of objectification, the author engages in a thoughtful exploration of various dispositional and situational factors contributing to this uniquely human phenomenon. These include narcissism, the ego, death denial, toxic situations, and our perceived boundaries of self, among others. Rector then gives us reason to hope by orienting his model of objectification into a broader continuum of human capability--one that includes a countervailing enlightenment spectrum. Gleaning insights from classic philosophy, the world's five most prominent religious traditions, and current social science research, he examines the best antidotes humankind has devised thus far to move us from casual concern for our fellow human beings toward interconnectedness and, ultimately, unity consciousness. Broad in scope and deeply penetrating, The Objectification Spectrum advances the conversation about the nature of human evil into personally relevant, potentially transformative territory.

The Way We re Working Isn t Working

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships. New York:
Bantam Books, 2006. Gray, John. Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern.
New York: New Press, 2003. Haidt, Jonathan. The Happiness Hypothesis:
Finding ...

Author: Tony Schwartz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857200496

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 293

This is the paperback edition of 'The Way We're Working Isn't Working'. Through his years of intensive work consulting to companies including Procter & Gamble, Sony, Toyota, Microsoft, Ford and Ernst & Young, with his firm The Energy Project, Schwartz has developed a powerful program for changing the way we are working that greatly boosts our engagement and our satisfication with our work and increases our performance. In this book he marshalls a wide range of powerful evidence from business research and psychology that shows that the current model of work is not only not optimal, it is specfically counter-productive because it saps us of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy. In order for us to perform at our best, we must make a set of key changes in our work lives -- and in order to develop the full potential of their work force, our managers and companies must institute changes that will provide us with the regular physical renewal, emotional reward, mental focus and stimulation; and sense of purpose and significance that we need.

Sync Your Relationship Save Your Marriage

Recent statistics from the ILO suggest that Great Britain may have usurped the
U.S. as the Western world's leader in ... For excellent books on research about
the factors that best predict happiness, see The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding ...

Author: Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 0230115667

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

View: 949

Award-winning couples therapist Peter Fraenkel argues that most relationship problems can be traced to partners being out of sync on the powerful but mostly hidden dimension of time. Differences in daily rhythms, personal pace, punctuality, time perspective, and priorities about how time is allocated can all lead to couple conflict. Yet the fascinating fact is that these polarizing time differences play a potent role in attracting lovers in the first place. In this trailblazing new book, he draws on his original research to show how a clearer understanding of these forces can improve the health of your relationship and even rescue a failing one.

Multiple Minority Identities

Applications for Practice, Research, and Training Reginald Nettles, PhD,
Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD ... Development and characteristics of a well-being
enhancing psychotherapeutic strategy: Well-being therapy. ... The happiness

Author: Reginald Nettles, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826107036

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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"[V]ery few texts cover such a broad range of diversity and intersecting identities."--PsycCRITIQUES This important volume chronicles a shift from the old multicultural paradigm that depicts members of a minority group as being limited to racial and ethnic categories, to a modern definition of minorities. Moreover, many of these stigmatized individuals belong to more than one minority group, resulting in stigmatization not only outside of their identified primary group, but also within it. Seeking to address the complex problems of individuals who claim more than one minority identification, the volume culls the accumulated wisdom of leaders in the field of minority research and practice and integrates the three major areas of multicultural and diversity studies in a single volume. It addresses social identity, power and privilege, AIDS, multiculturalism as it relates to gender, as well as ethnicity. It also discusses therapeutic approaches, supervisory issues, and interpersonal issues for practitioners. It provides self-administered inventories, to help clinicians assess their need for additional supervision or training. Key Features: Integrates ethnic and racial minority issues, gender and sexual orientation studies, and disability studies, all in one volume Addresses diversity within and between cultural and minority groups Presents the latest findings from experts in minority research and practice Establishes a new paradigm for understanding the impact of membership in a minority group Offers practical advice bolstered by case studies