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.
[At long last, the paperback has been re-printed in a
larger size! No more eye-strain as of Feb 2012]
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.