Stumbling on Happiness (Unabridged)
by Daniel Gilbert
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A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it. Most of us spend our lives steering ourselves toward the best of all possible futures, only to find that tomorrow rarely turns out as we had expected. Why? As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert explains, when people try to imagine what the future will hold, they make some basic and consistent mistakes. Just as memory plays tricks on us when we try to look backward in time, so does imagination play tricks when we try to look forward. Using cutting-edge research, much of it original, Gilbert shakes, cajoles, persuades, tricks, and jokes us into accepting the fact that happiness is not really what or where we thought it was. Among the unexpected questions he poses: Why are conjoined twins no less happy than the general population? When you go out to eat, is it better to order your favorite dish every time, or to try something new? If Ingrid Bergman hadn't gotten on the plane at the end of Casablanca, would she and Bogey have been better off?
Worth the listen!
This is book is about the science of happiness more than a self-help book about making yourself happy. The research and information was very interesting and is a great foundation into understand what scientifically makes us happy and will help gain some insight into yourself and others. The book is an easy listen and entertaining, I definitely recommend it although its not my favorite book at this time. I read other reviews on this book before purchasing and many felt the same way as I did.