The Happiness Hypothesis

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/2006
  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS

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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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Jonathan Haidt is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His research examines the emotional basis of morality and the ways that morality varies across cultures, including the cultures of liberals and conservatives. He has been active in the positive psychology movement since 1999, and in 2001 he was awarded the Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology. He has received four awards for his teaching, including the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Award conferred by the Governor of the State of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Too Much Wisdom ix
1 The Divided Self
2 Changing Your Mind
3 Reciprocity with a Vengeance
4 The Faults of Others
5 The Pursuit of Happiness
6 Love and Attachments
7 The Uses of Adversity
8 The Felicity of Virtue
9 Divinity With or Without God
10 Happiness Comes from Between 213
11 Conclusion: On Balance 241
Acknowledgments 245
Notes 247
References 265
Index 291

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