June 6

Review: The Happiness Hypothesis

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I’ve been struggling reading recently, or at least since, “Everything is F*cked”. I hadn’t finished a book since, despite having several started and waiting. I finished that book in September. That’s nearly nine months without finishing a book. I gave up on “The Divided Self”. I really couldn’t follow it, despite it being reviewed as such an excellent book. That happened with another classic existential book, “The Ethics of Ambiguity”. Maybe I’m not as smart as others give me credit for.

This book changed my drought. I started and finished it in about two months. I absolutely loved it. I’ve been raving about it in classes and sessions and in general conversation. I’ve used it in my writing. The book is a billed as a testament to positive psychology. I agree.

Dr. Haidt explores every aspect of positive psychology in detail and with excellent supportive arguments and experiments. My favorite parts of the book were the beginning (my favorite topic, how the mind deceives, was covered in the beginning of the book). And though some of this is likely due to bias (I tend to love books that agree with my philosophy of life) I continued to enjoy the book when learning things I didn’t know or, on some level, agree with. For example, he exalts the virtue of morality, even about teaching it, and made excellent points, though I’ve generally been on the other side of that issue.

In short, if you love psychology, or if you want some proven strategies to help you be happier, read this book.

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