The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
This book is quite amazing! An a must read if you are looking to get more insight on the human condition. Jonathan explains it with simple clarity with deep insight and intellectual sensibility. Most people pursue happiness outside themselves. Others think that it comes solely within. Jonathan explains how it comes from in between.
Happiness is not something that you can find, acquire, or achieve directly. You have to get the conditions right and then wait. Some of those conditions are within you, such as coherence among the parts and levels of your personality. Other conditions require relationships to things beyond you: Just as plants need sun, water, and good soil to thrive, people need love, work, and a connection to something larger. It is worth striving to get the right relationships between yourself and others, between yourself and your work, and between yourself and something larger thank yourself. If you get these relationships right, a sense of purpose and meaning will emerge. – Johnathan Haidt