The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

Haidt’s imagery of an elephant and a rider is one of the most apt analogies I have come across in my adult life. I like to think I am in control of my feelings and thoughts, but in reality they control me. I typically use my reason to justify my feelings.

The Happiness Hypothesis dives deep into ancient wisdom with modern knowledge. I like how Haidt presents the ideas and dives into each one meticulously.

Chapters include: Why it in age of big data and access to limitless information, we still have trouble agreeing on simple issues. Why reciprocity and revenge are the glue that holds together the fabric of our social lives. Why we love to see hypocrites crash and burn. The pursuits of happiness and love. Why we strive to avoid adversity yet always look back on it with such admiration.

I enjoyed this book though it felt a little too long. The last couple of chapters seem to unravel aimlessly. Also, at the time I read this book, it was over a decade old so I was already well aware of the sources he introduces.