book coverAs Jonathan Haidt writes in his introduction to The Happiness Hypothesis, “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.”

A summary of each chapter, along with excerpts from the book, are located at

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 received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and then went to the University of Chicago for additional training in cultural psychology. 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, Mark Warner.

Ben Dean hosts a conversation with Jonathan Haidt about The Happiness Hypothesis. Listen online or by telephone, call 1-405-244-4000, Box 248 anytime, day or night (24/7/365). This is a free call; only normal long distance charges apply.

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