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explain two main ideas from the book “”the Happiness Hypothesis” by Jonathan Haidt

i have to pick three ideas from the book, and explain at least two significant ideas from the text that you think are especially important. Your task is to:
(1) Explain these ideas so clearly that someone from outside of our course could understand them
(2) Give some sense of the evidence or reasoning that supports these ideas
(3) Explain why you think these specific points are especially important.

this is all i want
In what follows, I will refer to this as “an essay,” but it need not be the kind of academic essay that many of us learned to write in high school. It is an essay assignment in so far as it must be written in clear prose, with each paragraph developing a single main idea, and where there is an attempt to show how the paragraphs are connected. However, you don’t need a thesis here, and you should only bother with an introductory or concluding paragraph if you think it helps to make your essay easier to follow.

There are two ways to complete the assignment. One is a personal essay, meaning that you would be discussing the ideas in our course as they relate to your own life. The other is to assess the ideas from the course (particularly those from the book) in terms of their importance for society as a whole. The goal of either assignment is to give you a reason to review the book and the course as a whole, in order to solidify your knowledge of its most important points, and to ensure that you walk away with at least a few specific ideas, even as many of the other details inevitably begins to fade from memory. Your decision between the two approaches will have to do with whether you find it easier or more rewarding to write about your own life, or whether you find it more comfortable or useful to write from an “outside” point of view.








Subject Literature Pages 5 Style APA


Happiness and hypothesis


            The happiness and hypothesis book written by Jonathan Haidt, has several great ideas which reflects on happiness as practiced by ancient generation like Plato, Buddha among others. The book tends to examine the practices and relates those to present-day by extracting useful lessons and applies them to the modern world. Key to the book is the concepts of virtue, fulfillment, happiness and the meaning of life. Jonathan considers several ways of dividing being into two parts and relating them (Nettle, 2006). For example, he divides mind and body, left brain and right brain, old brain and new brain, and controlled and automatic. He puts more emphasis on the latter, which are reasoned processes vs. implicit processes. I have identified two main ideas from this book that is, hypocrisy and reciprocity


            Every man in the society possesses a supposedly bad behavior of retaliating, which is sometimes dormant in the mind or actively expressed through action. Today, our society is full of evil and bad manners to the extent that a day cannot pass without one person faulting another. Although retaliation is usually used to portray negative action like vengeance, in this context, it will take both positions, which are negative and positive. People in the society have developed a habit of paying good deed with good and bad with bad, contrary to the principle of turn the other chick- quoted by Jesus, in the New Testament. For example, if you take a walk around the city, you will realize that some great one another when they meet, others hug one another and some even throw outs at each other.

            Here is a simple test to prove that people like reciprocating if not mimicking others. Pick on two strangers rooming in the street: to the first one, smile at him or her and to the second one, just pass him silently. I surely tell you the truth; the former will smile back at you while the latter will also pass you silently. This behavior is always pronounced even in relationships, where partners try to mimic one another. For example, if one partner gives a gift to the other, he will also buy her a gift. This mimic behavior is extended to even copying how others walk, talk, laugh and many more.

            This human weakness has been used by marketers to enhance their marketing strategies and win more customers. For example, a sales person can decide to give you free gift or even give you discount on their products, knowing that at the end the reciprocating instinct in you will urge you to pay back through buying his products. In many instances, advertized goods usually come with a free gift- which is not actually free, but a decoy or gimmick of trapping customers. The prices usually shoot after the period of advertisement. The better individuals understand the behavior of reciprocating, the better they will be in control of the behavior and consequently avoid being misused or manipulated by others who are not genuine.


            The suggestion by Jonathan Haidt in his book happiness and hypothesis that human beings are hypocrites is a fact. This is usually driven by our selfish need to feel secure. For instance, the rider of the elephant goes to a greater length of even acting as the lawyer of the elephant. It is the conscious part of our brain, which usually explains our intention in reality. The weakness of human being is that they tend to put more emphasis on the positive effects they bring to a situation while forgetting to consider the negative impacts they cause in the same situation. This effect can be seen on how people interact with one another. For instance, in a relationship, partners will always think they are better than their mates. Many people after taking a decision on a matter usually go for evidence to support their decision. When the evidence gathered is in line with the decision they made, for example, buying a house, they go a head with the plan. However, the problem comes when the evidence collected does not support their decision. In such cases, people do not admit that they made mistake, something that clearly support the fact that they are usually focusing on the positive development, which is not always the case in our society. People have made wrong decisions on religion, political alignment, and relationship among others, but they find it so hard to admit that they made a wrong decision. Instead they prefer living in fantasy, rather than admitting their weakness. Therefore it is important to involve a third party when making decision, especially those that are personal. Finally, in order to live a happy life, individuals must view their contribution to the society in two ways, the positive and the negatives as well as admitting when wrong.


            Just like Jonathan Haidt puts it, doing the right thing especially when we find it difficult to do so will generate nice feeling within us. The more we accurately judge our deeds, the lesser we become disappointed in life.



Nettle, D. (2006). A search for meaning. Nature441 , 29-30.

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