This is the Avengers Endgame of philosophy books...ALL the big names are here. Drawing on the works of everyone from Marcus Aurelius to Lao Tzu, UVA Professor of Psychology Jonathan Haidt sets out on a mission to definitively answer a question that has befuddled humanity since its inception: How do we find true, meaningful, lasting happiness? Haidt examines the teachings of philosophers and religious leaders from both the west and east, identifies the common ideals that they all share, and using those values to construct his own, patchwork definition of happiness in our modern age. And I promise you, it’s not nearly as dry or studious as it may sound. I read it in tandem with A Game of Thrones, and it more than held its own.
PS---If you’ve ever wondered the meaning of life, he gives a darn good answer in the last chapter. Pick it up if just for that ;) ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso