The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt


This book was huge to me. The author discusses many ideas of happiness throughout centuries and gives perspectives on Buddhism, divinity, love, personality, and how our minds react to changes in our lives, whether they are good or bad.

I could see at the end of the book that the author was once where I was at. Just a young man, questioning life, purpose, meaning, and happiness.

Psychology and anthropology, once again, play a big role in one of the books I have listed. This book is gold for anyone that wants to look deeper into being human.

There is nothing good or bad, just how the mind views it.

H = S + V + C

H, happiness

S, set point (genetic)

V, voluntary activities (social groups)

C, conditions (noise, stress)

Whether emotionally feelings are high or low humans adapt to stimuli & come back to normal level

People with more and stronger social networks or relationships are happier.

Strong adversity hypothesis in 20s

Align the goals of your life to fit personality.

“Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.” -Upanishads

Divinity with or without God. The three dimensions of your life?
The reason for why we feel jealous or married is rearing of children. (Monkey experiment) babies crave touch
Meditation, cognitive therapy, pills
Love is intense for a short while, then subsides but then grows with togetherness though time, eclipsing that initial surge.

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