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This Rider Loves it.
on 26 July 2017
I'm someone who will often buy non-fiction books (of a variety of topics) but never really get properly started reading them. The Happiness Hypothesis was different. I do most of my reading on the commute to and from work and tend to have a few different books on the go at once. When I started this book, all the others got put on hold and I was finding extra reading time where I could, just because I was looking forward to learning/discovering more. It also came into my life at a very appropriate time with regards to my mental health.
Haidt's writing style is as you would expect a decent university lecturer to deliver the topic; imparting a lot of information in an accessible way, causing pause for thought and inspiration (and learning without realising). Despite having finished it now, I still have markers in certain places to flick back to - whether it is for a quote or to look up a reference that he discusses (and everything is very well referenced).
The correlations of scientific research with religious and spiritual belief/behaviours are really interesting. I must admit there was a point where I felt that he was telling the reader to "get religion" (which put my back up a bit - I'm the atheist end of agnostic) but a few more pages on and things became clearer..
Buy this book if you are fascinated by how the brain works. Buy this book to gain an understanding of why you might react to situations differently to others. Buy this book to find out how your mind can be like an elephant. It's science Jim, but not quite as we know it.