Booze and Books: The Happiness Hypothesis (Jonathan Haidt)

By Elana Harari

This book is not for the faint hearted and a focused mind is required.

Published in 2006 and classified as a ‘psychology book’, The Happiness Hypothesis written for a general audience and dives into the great ideas of the past that analyse what happiness is.

The Happiness Hypothesis focuses on some of the greatest thinkers of the past including Plato, Buddha, Jesus and Freud. The book explores their ideas and concepts, linking them to contemporary psychological research before finishing with the extraction of lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

While some ‘re-reading’ of certain pages may be required, The Happiness Hypothesis is perfect for the left and right brains out there, the creatives and the ‘logicals’; the dreamers and the doers.

The central concepts of this book are virtue, happiness, fulfilment, and meaning, and if you’re looking for a ‘fluff read’, this is not the book for you. If, however, you are looking to understand the what, how and why of happiness in your life, this could be the book for you.

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