The Happiness Hypothesis: OBOC


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt is CSN's One Book/One College selection for 2020-21.

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Get a Copy of the Book

Copies of The Happiness Hypothesis are available to purchase through the CSN Bookstore:

Author Jonathan Haidt has the Introduction and chapters 1, 4 & 6 available on his website:

Several copies of The Happiness Hypothesis, including a single user electronic copy, are available for individuals to borrow from CSN Libraries:

INSTRUCTORS: Digital copies of The Happiness Hypothesis are available for instructors. Contact librarian Gracie McDonough ( for more information.

"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." - Jonathan Haidt (The Happiness Hypothesis, p. ix) 

About the Book

Big Think: Nothing is Good or Bad  (6:44)

Author Jonathan Haidt speaks briefly about why he wrote The Happiness Hypothesis, what it's about and gives a summary of two of the great ideas.


Optimize Interview: The Happiness Hypothesis (36:24)

In this audio interview with Brian Johnson of, author Jonathan Haidt speaks in-depth about why he wrote the book and what the book is about.

About the Author

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at the NYU-Stern School of Business. He was named a "Top 100 Global Thinker" of 2012 by Foriegn Poilicy magazine and one of the 65 "World Thinkers" of 2013 by Prospect.

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CSN's One Book/One College Program

The One Book/One College program at CSN strives to foster a sense of community, creativity, and conversation through the mutual study of a common reading.

Faculty of all disciplines are invited to teach the book (or parts of the book) in their courses, and students and staff are invited to attend the many events related to the book.

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